S = SUCCESS
Watch this short video to find out why defining what success is to ourselves is so important...
This is all about defining what success looks like for you. You get to define your own success scale. This could be very much in the moment, how you want to see your day going, or it could be a longer-term project or goal. You choose.
Define your success into a sentence...
So, now that you have defined what success is for you, start to think about what the criteria are for your success. Write down 2 or 3 things you need to do, have, or be to make your project or goal successful. Make sure that it's in your control.
So this could be distractions, things like techonology, your phone and email pings. Or perhaps it might be people - your family, your boss, your colleagues. Or maybe how you prioritise your time and diary management mean that you let deadlines slip and other people or things take priority above what you want to do.
Think about ways that you can stop whatever it is getting in the way. This could be blocking out chunks of your time, or perhaps looking at what boundaries you have in place and if they are slipping or perhaps need to be changed. Or could you ask for some support from a colleague or family member to help keep you off your phone when you should be doing this important stuff that you want to get done!
Sometimes we can't prevent failure from happening but we can prepare ourselves so we are better prepared on how we might respond. Remember, failure is part of success; without failure, we won't know when we succeed. So this is all about the things that could go wrong - it might be illness, it could be technology blip, or a car breakdown. Or perhaps your project is weather dependent and heavy rainfall would mean disaster. Ask yourself 'what's the worst that could happen?' and see what comes to mind.
When you look at potential fails, remember that this is not so you feel demotivated or discouraged from doing what you want to do, it's about preparing a response whilst you are in a resourceful, positive mindset rather than when you are sat knee deep in failure with panic and disappointment setting in. So is there someone that can stand in for you in case of illness, or do you have a technology back up, or is about putting in a wet weather plan?
It might be that no potential failures come to mind which is only natural as sometimes we have a bit of a blind spot to failure when we have our sights set on an amazing project or plan. We are so enthusiastic and excited, we can only see opportunities and success. Therefore, seek out a critical friend, someone who you trust, and ask them to give you their thoughts. You can do this even if you have come up with a whole list of potential failures yourself - others' perspectives are great for that very reason - keeping things in perspective!