“1. The accomplishment of an aim or purpose
1.1 The attainment of fame, wealth, or social status
1.2 A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth, etc.
2 The good or bad outcome of an undertaking”
So says the Oxford Dictionary’s website.
I believe that success is a very personal thing and means different things to each of us. That said the popular understanding (see 1.1 above) is hard to shake off, so hard in fact that when we think about what it means for us we often can’t get past this definition.
Personally I prefer the simple version ‘The accomplishment of an aim or purpose’ and just what that aim or purpose is, is left for each of us to set and to understand.
Yet each week I fill out my success planning spreadsheet to get me focused on the week ahead. Here, I realise, is where I have fallen into the trap of measuring success by financial measures (and I’m soooo aware that it’s about more than that for me). It’s definitely not ‘All about the money, money, money’.
Do you ever take time out to think about what success will mean to you? When will you know you have been successful? It’s easier to measure and to ‘know’ when looking at the smaller projects in life but if you apply it to something bigger…to life as a whole, to bringing up your family, to your role in the world……not so easy now eh?