Volume 9 : What Does Success Look Like to You?

What Does Success Look Like To You?  

Is your version of success your own? Is it dictated to you by society? Family or a peer group? Have you even thought about it? 

When deeming someone else successful or unsuccessful, we either judge based on our own version of success and the comparison between us and them, or by societies norms particularly through Social Media. Now, neither is wrong or right in essence, but we don’t know what that person deems as successful? No, we don’t.  

A person’s success is something that can only be measured by that particular individual and where they are sitting in relation to what they believe they are capable of. So, my question to you is, what does Success look like to you?  

Knowing what makes you successful is so important to your own happiness. Succeeding in any area of life brings joy, joy builds momentum, momentum broadens a human’s personal expectations and produces bigger goals. We have been discussing these ideas in the salon and we are really trying to break down what success means to us as individuals and as a team. We are creating, what I like to call, Success Points. A Success Point is simply a quantifiable goal in a very specific area of your life.

A simple example of this would be a certain salary someone desires to be financially stable or financially free or financially successful. When you have predetermined Success Point’s, it is much easier to create a plan of action to get there. Without them there would be no way of tracking or measuring progression and without tracking progress, how can you ever determine if you’re on the right track. 

The trick is to be ridiculously specific with your Success Point’s. The more specific they are the easier it is to plot your action plan. Let’s use the example from earlier, what do you want your salary to be? I’m not talking about your next pay rise or promotion; I am talking about the end game. What figure would deliver a lifestyle that you desire? Is it $60k or $600k? Either way its fine and neither are wrong. The only right answer is the one you know to be true, but as a word of advice….. go bigger than what you believe to be possible. As humans, we have a shitty habit of putting restrictions on our own capabilities, thus, limiting possibilities. Don’t do that, GO BIG. Once you have found that figure, you then need to create a timeframe in which you want to achieve it. Again, be specific and don’t be soft about it. Make the timeframe ‘unrealistic’ to what you believe is achievable. It has to be a timeframe that will drive you and put you under pressure. The reason for this is that even if you don’t eventually get to the ultimate salary you have written down, I guarantee you will be a lot further past where you were going to end up.  

You get the goal and the timeline set, then you build the plan on how to get there.  Do you need 3 promotions to get to that salary? Does your workplace or the industry you are in have the capacity to pay you that salary? These and many more questions will need to be answered and its f’in' empowering. Importantly though, the understanding of What Success Looks Like To You will deliver you a much clearer path to succession.