From what I’ve observed, success feels like success when we’ve struggled in some way to overcome a challenge. The amount and complexity of the challenge varies. Experiencing challenges that we often refer to, as failures, are hallmarks of success.
On a daily basis, I work with my clients as they overcome their organizing challenges and experience success. Their success happens, not in one grand gesture, but in small increments that we celebrate and acknowledge as we go.
Recently, I was struggling to write a particular piece. The deadline was looming. My ideas weren’t flowing. I thought I’d never get it done. Or if I got it done, it wouldn’t be good enough. It wouldn’t communicate what I wanted to say. Oh, yes. I was beating myself up. Nice, right?
Giving up isn’t my style, yet I was clearly stuck. I did a few things to push forward. Test out one or more the next time you're feeling challenged.
- Reach out to a few people to talk over some ideas
- Write despite the fact that the words weren’t gelling
- Let go of any pre-conceived notion of what it should be
- Allow ideas to percolate while sleeping
- Get clarity around my key message
- Read the words out loud
- Write, edit, and write some more
Here’s what happened. The words began flowing. The message came together. I experienced that wonderful, positive energy surge that overcoming obstacles produces. Success.
What does success feel like to you? What helps you when you’re facing a challenge? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation.