Bloggers & Writers, How Do You Measure Success?

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Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. ~Maya Angelou

Success-Is

For one writer it may be as basic as finally finishing and publishing their first book, to another it may be all about fame and recognition while to many more it’s all about how much money they earn. Many writers consider having their book land on the New York Times Bestseller List a sign of success.

Some writers dream of being able to earn a living publishing books, but again, what would that “success” look like and what precisely would you have to do to make that a reality?

So the real question is how do you measure success?

Is achieving a goal – even a short lived achievement – considered a success? There again it goes back to your definition of success, and the challenge is that there really is no one all-encompassing definition of success.

  • Are you successful simply because you completed something you set out to do?
  • What about the connection between success and happiness?
  • What if you learn new skills and achieve several small milestones, but don’t succeed with the ultimate goal – is that to be considered a failure?
  • Have you ever accomplished something that didn’t make you feel happy or satisfied?

Why is it so important to define your version of success? For one thing, until you know what it really means to you it’s pretty difficult to make it a reality. For another, all too often we associate our successes in life with the opinions of others: we want to look better to them, or prove something to them. So instead of celebrating all the hard work we’ve done when we do achieve our goals, we remain stuck on why we’re not getting the response and recognition we wanted from others. Not fun.

Ultimately success is merely a label with a relative definition based on our individual dreams and priorities in life, but there again unless you have a really clear vision of what you want in life it be difficult to put into words what success means to you.

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.

~Christopher Morley

Clarifying your perspective of what success (and failure) means to you is the only way you can truly experience the complete satisfaction of your achievements … because ultimately success is about freedom of choice and being able to live life on your own terms.

What about you? How do you define your success?

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Marquita Herald
Marquita Herald is a personal growth specialist, consultant, creator of the award winning life design blog IGG – Tips, Tools & Tantalizing Things, as well as her new blog – The Business of Being an Author. She is also the author of 6 books based on the art of living life by design. Her professional background includes a successful 20 year career in sales and marketing followed by a decade of as a life and small business coach working with entrepreneurs. Marquita makes her home in Maui, Hawaii and when she’s not writing or working on one of her blogs, she enjoys road trips and golf, is an avid reader, and spending time with her beloved dog Lucy.

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