Last year, I submitted a helpful quote to Woman’s Advantage for consideration in their 2012 calendar. From the more than 5000 entries, they selected mine – and today’s my day! The quote is “Define success before you begin a project.”
This message really hits home. So often in business (and life) we are under pressures and deadlines to get moving on a project that we don’t take the time to determine just what we want or need to accomplish! Other times we may be so enthusiastic about starting our own businesses or beginning an assignment that we go off half cocked – without a specific goal or goals in mind. How wasteful is that?
Take time to give some serious thought to what you want to accomplish. Then, write down those goals and post them somewhere you can easily spot them. Make the commitment that if activities come up that distract you or don’t move you toward your goals or the success you seek, you’re going to ignore them or just say no. At first, this may be difficult, but, if you’re honest with yourself, you know there are plenty of days you spend on busy work or activities that you’ve always done but have no real point. When you stay focused, you’ll be able to face the challenges more clearly and competently as well as take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves.
So, keep your eye on the prize and enjoy much success! Please, feel free to share this bit of learned wisdom with your friends and colleagues. That’s my definition of success.