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How Do You Measure Success?

hands raised to helpI thoroughly enjoyed Carol Holtz’s thought-provoking blog on accountability. How many of us tend to use the same gauge over and over again to evaluate success?

Sometimes what we are using to measure isn’t even the best tool. I came up with a series of questions and some personal answers as I thought about being accountable:

  • What can I control? Long-lasting change comes from long-term effort. This led me to think about the sustainability and consequences of the choices I make every day. In turn, I remember that I usually make mistakes when learning anything, and I have to push through the errors as I actually learn. Part of this process is being honest with myself about what I’m doing and not doing, what I’m willing to change or let go of and how much effort I want to invest in myself.
  • What do I want? The easiest answer here is that I don’t want to be just a number. I want to enjoy living a healthy, happy, active, kind and supportive life in all ways.
  • What stands in my way? The biggest obstacle is probably my tendency to procrastinate. Next would be the way I deal with obstacles and temptations. The last would be just giving up instead of finding a way around, under, over or through the roadblock.
  • Who can help? I have a village of people willing to help. I have great resources and experts on whom to rely. I know how to ask for help, BUT am I willing to reach out for that support I so freely offer to others?
  • Who’s in charge? Here is where the tires really hit the road. I know what needs to be done. I know what I want. I know what stands in the way. I know who can and will help. I own my decisions and actions. I must be honest with myself. I’m accountable to myself for what I do or do not do.

I’m throwing away the excuses and accepting the responsibility that I really need this attitude adjustment. I’m in charge and empowered to live my best life. One minute, one day, one hour, one week at a time — I’ve got this with your help!

Learning as I go, Barb

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