How Do You Measure Success? Looking Back on 2020
Life is all about curveballs, and 2020 has quite frankly, been one big curveball.
Many people have had to put dreams on hold, change their goals, and get clear on what’s important to them. The reality you’re currently facing may look a lot different than what you had envisioned for your year-end.
Success can be measured in many different ways, and as you reflect on your year, it’s time to ask yourself “How do you measure success?”.
How Well You Adapted to Challenges
This year has been full of intense challenges both individually and collectively, how have you met these challenges?
You may not be doing what you thought you would be this year, but each obstacle you overcome builds one of our greatest strengths we can have – adaptability.
Adapting to challenging situations allows you to take control of your life, which ultimately helps to achieve your goals.
Although you may have felt like certain areas of your life are out of control this year, look at how you adapted and grew in the face of adversity.
How Much Your Skills and Knowledge Have Improved
You have a deep reservoir of ability and potential within you, when you take the time to hone in on your skills and expand your knowledge, you will feel closer to achieving your goals.
Don’t fall into the trap of comparison. Try to only compare yourself to your past self, and track the growth you’ve made as an individual.
You can measure success not just by getting a promotion or starting a new project, but by tracking how you have improved overall.
Your personal and professional life will overlap, so when you develop your skills in one area, the effects ripple out. Through education and experience, you increase your skill level and your ability to succeed in your field.
Think of all the lessons you have learned both personal and professional – if you have listened, learned, and implemented change for the better – that is a success.
How Much Time You Spend Doing What You Love
How do you define success?
Success is often associated with a fancy job or your salary, but of course, if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.
That’s not to say that you won’t need some grit, stamina, and a solid work ethic to get you where you want, but spending time doing what you love makes the process that much more enjoyable.
Your conscious habits and activities help increase your personal development.
Spending time doing what you love helps bring you closer to seemingly unrelated goals, by increasing your quality of life.
When you’re feeling fulfilled and empowered, you’ll be more creative, helping you reach professional goals more efficiently.
How People You Respect Would Describe You
One of the most fulfilling ways to measure success is by reflecting on how the people you respect the most would describe you.
When the people in your life talk about you, it speaks to your character. The more enjoyable you are to be around and work with, the more doors will open for you.
You want to strive to always be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday.
When you push yourself to make a difference in the world, to be significant, and to have a positive impact on those around you, success comes naturally.
So ask yourself, are you working towards becoming the person you want to be?
How Much Progress You Have Made
Last, and certainly not least, take a look at what you have accomplished.
You don’t have to finish the big goal to be considered successful.
Success can be measured in increments. Each little milestone achieved, every task crossed off a to-do list, takes you one step closer to reaching your biggest aspirations.
One little move in the right direction can ripple out to help you reach your biggest dreams.
What steps are you taking daily to help you become more successful? Weekly? Monthly?
It all adds up.
So ask yourself again, how do you measure success?
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About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.