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Wednesday
Sep022015

What Does Genuine Success Feel Like to You?

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. I offer them to you. Feel free to try 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 aren’t gelling
  • Let go of any pre-conceived notion of what it should be
  • Allow ideas to percolate while sleeping
  • Get clarity around the 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.

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (4)

I agree with you, the greater the struggle the sweeter the success becomes. We tend to overlook everything that feels granted and when we have to fight, sweat and even cry the reward feels more enjoyable and valuable. No matter if the thing we succed on looks trivial to others. Success is very personal and varies from person to person.
Said this, when I feel stuck I give myself permission to take a break, breath and then remember why I'm doing it. Normally that fules me to keep going.

September 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

Nacho- From your words, its clear that you're speaking from personal experiences. I love what you offered for those times when you're feeling stuck: "…give myself permission to take a break…" That along with your suggestions to breathe and remember our whys are great strategies for moving ahead.

September 2, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I agree with both you and Nacho, Linda. When I'm stuck and can't figure out the direction I really want to take I give myself permission to put the project on hold. Then usually when I'm not focused so intently on that the answer will occur to me. It's sort of a light bulb moment! Success does feel great when it's a little bit of a struggle - sort of like climbing a steep slope. You celebrate when you reach the top!

September 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

Diane- I love how you give yourself permission to put something on hold when you're stuck. The fact that not-focusing on being stuck, helps you get unstuck is so great. It makes sense. It's like when we're trying to remember a name or a "something," the more we focus on it, the more impossible it becomes to access that part of our memory. But when we shift gears and focus on something completely different, all of the sudden the info we were trying to remember, just pops in.

September 3, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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