Almost every person you meet desires success. We all want to have a sense that our lives mattered. The struggle is measuring success in a manner that gives you a true reading of that. Over the years, I have come to evaluate success with three measurements.
The first measurement is accomplishment. Have you done what needed to be done? This sounds like a simple question but please hear me; this cannot always be answered with a simple check-off list. In many circumstances doing what needs to be done does not always look like success. It is not always about the numbers or the immediate outcome. Sometimes, it is about making difficult decisions for the good of the whole, while working to eliminate dysfunction from the DNA of an organization. In the short term, the results and response of these two accomplishments may not look like success, but they ultimately lead to future success. With that thought in mind, then what needed to be done has led to accomplishment.
The second measurement is acknowledgement. Did you make certain to share the journey and credit with others? In all truth, the best part of success is sharing it with a great team. There is nothing quite like going through the process of determining what needs to be done, strategically working out a plan to enable that vision to become reality and then working the plan with great people. It is also imperative that you celebrate accomplishments and share the credit along the way. The most enjoyable and rewarding part of any journey is always about the people. Any person’s greatest accomplishment will always be related to blessing and benefitting others as the team works together toward accomplishing a common goal.
The final measurement is fulfillment. The true measure of fulfillment is looking back and seeing the good that was accomplished through one’s efforts. Fulfillment is most times found in the belief that you made a difference. For me, that difference is measured in the temporal and eternal outcomes that one human being’s life has on another’s. I want to be able to assess if my life makes another’s life better in some tangible way. Did my efforts bring good to those around me? Did my life touch another’s life for the Kingdom’s sake? Will eternity be different for those my life touched? If you can respond yes to those questions, then you have had the unique and wonderful privilege of your life being a success.
Success . . . everybody wants it; the difficulty is assessing when you’ve achieved it. I hope this helps.