“I know there’s a difference between being successful and feeling successful. And if you ask me if I feel successful, the honest answer is “not yet.”By most standard measurements, I am enjoying more success now than at any other time in my life, but I still don’t feel successful. This is what makes the question so fantastic. If the goal is to feel successful, what is the measurement we should use to achieve that feeling? Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why
What is your measurement? Is it money? Connecting with great people in your industry? Having a great family and friends? If you’re working on a project or building a company, how do you know when you are personally succeeding? Sinek says the way he measures his success is by the momentum he feels.
Another great thinker, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a Harvard Business school professor and author 0f author of Confidence , a book about winning streaks,takes this thinking further:
“Small wins pave the way for bigger wins… As I saw in my study of business turnarounds and sports teams, confidence — the expectation of a positive outcome that motivates high levels of effort — is built on one win at a time.”
Now, here’s the meat. Kanter says,
- Divide the goal into small nuggets. Each step will get you closer to your goal and it won’t be so daunting. “ Busy people in high-productivity environments tend to take just one more action, return one more phone call, set one more thing in motion before calling it quits for the day,” says Kanter.
- Just do it. Stop waiting for perfection. Nike was on to something with that quote!
- Taking action will actually produce energy and momentum. Kanter says, “It simply feels better.” So true especially when so many things are out of our control. Action gives you a place to put your energy and control the things you can.
Enjoy the wins and feeling of success!