Two little words. But they can provide a whole lot of clarity.
Say it to yourself. Say it to your boss. Say it to your client.
Forming the response to this question does two, critically important things:
- It forces you to consider what “success” really means for this particular case.
- It sets a definitive objective for your effort.
So many times, “define success” is used on an amorphous macro level.
“Travel the world.”
“Spend more time with my family.”
But hammering on “define success” at a micro-level is even more powerful.
How are you going to retire early, travel the world, and spend more time with your family? Is that going to happen by tomorrow?
If not, how do you have to be successful tomorrow to keep you working toward that goal? Better yet, how do you have to be successful today?
All I had to do to be successful with More than a living, today, was to write a post. Not solve world hunger. Not make it into the New York Times. Not increase the subscriber base.
Write one post.
And I don’t even have to be happy with that post. (I rarely am.)
Success? Write one post.