An Absolute Key Way to Measure Success
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If you are getting anxious about how well you are doing and terrified of making the next step, take some time to review what you have achieved. I recommend that you take a look back as far as you can.
If you are anything like me and have a habit of hoarding paperwork from your past, you’ll find this exercise easier. If I climb up into my attic/loft space and search through what is stored up there, I can easily spend a whole day being fascinated by what I find from my past. Letters written and items I used to be interested in.
Having written online now for a few years (on and off) I’ve occasionally reviewed old articles. Below, I’m going to share something that I wrote in October 2007. I’ve condensed the whole article a little, but I think you’ll get the gist.
Written on Yahoo 360, 25th October 2007
“I sometimes wonder Are we ever satisfied?
Many people achieve great feats in their lives driven by very stong desires. They may achieve heights but still very often they go on. For instance
Boxers coming out of retirement like Muhammad Ali in the seventies.
Donald Campbell continued to beat his fastest land speed record and paid the ultimate price for it.
Edmund Hilary reaching the summit of Everest “because its there”
There are so many more.
Maybe some people do get a degree of satisfaction, but is it enough? Mick Jagger summed it up with his song “I can’t get no satisfaction” and yes, I think he tried in many many ways. Experimenting with drugs/narcotics has a long history in man’s desire for satisfaction. I see it first hand in my work.
One of the most profound stories I have read/heard is about Freddie Mercury from the group Queen (I’m a big fan). Shortly before he died in I believe was his last ever interview he said this “You can have everything in the world and still be the loneliest man, and that is the most bitter type of loneliness. Success has brought me world idolisation and millions of pounds, but its prevented me from having the one thing we all need – a loving, ongoing relationship”. Extract from Questions of life by Nicky Gumbel.
On reflection, I think that we must believe in our dreams, or at the very least, have those desires, even if we don’t attain them, but…. I believe there has to be a balance. Whilst desiring a purpose in life, we need the support and love of those around us to be there when things doesn’t always go as expected. Sometimes, when there is obsessive desire for perfection, we must give ourselves permission to fail from time to time. The desire for perfection, I have found, can be a very destructive force. All of us that exist on this planet, I am sure are here for a reason and we are therefore worthy.”
Searching for links for the above, I found an inspirational quote made my Edmund Hilary “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
The useful activity of looking back (for me in this instance) is that I recognise my goals are still there. Today they are more focussed. Back then I was I was searching for answers and perhaps a little more confused.
When we can see a forward movement and some distance covered, we have evidence that it is possible to get beyond today’s perceived barriers.
Right now, I am aware of some barriers of my own. I’m scared!……..
I’m also encouraged by a video I watched recommended to me a couple of days ago that proves it is ok to be scared. Go take a look at this presentation by Merlin Mann. There is some colourful language used so be warned if you are sensitive to that. The video is however, funny and also pretty emotional and from the soul.
It is time for me to face some fears about my success and take some measured risks.
Also, I’m encouraged today to see that my Alexa rating has gone from around 1.3 million a couple of weeks ago to today’s ranking of 788763.
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