Success. How do you know you’re a success with your organizational goals? With your time management? If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know I share a lot of my own learning and stories; I’m in my early 50′s and still learning. So I find it easier to explain the lessons and insights and with more depth when they are my own.
One of my coaching instructors a few years ago asked me to define success for my business. The course, Organizer Coach Marketing, was about the inner work we need to do, even before getting to the marketing tactics. Who is your favorite type of client and why? What value do you think they get from your organizing and coaching meetings; can you ask them for their own description? And so on.
Because if you don’t know this part, then your tactics are just a shot in the dark. Sort of like organizing – if you don’t know your values, how can you know whether you’re spending time on the “right stuff?” If you haven’t figured out a time management system that feels intuitive to you and how you process your world, no planner or app is going to improve your time management. If you’ve bought all the products you can discover to organize the stuff, and it’s not still not feeling organized, then it’s more about your habits, your ability to maintain what you’ve put in place, and your abilities to motivate yourself or others.
So here was my own “internal work” thinking about my definition of success. I’ve purposefully put the thinking in order, from superficial to deeper thinking. You’ll notice the transition from external measures to internal ones here as well.
- Profit and revenue
- Billable hours
- “Six figures”
- Number of certifications I have/credentials (Important. Confidence-building. Only successful if you can bring the learning directly to clients and they benefit.)
- What clients/colleagues say (Important, but not as the only source of feeling a success.)
- Being asked to write a book about organizing. (What a boost.)
- The types of clients I work with: Are they curious about their own habits? Are their issues complex, because that’s what I enjoy?
- Doing the work I love.
- Creating new projects as I work on others or let them go. Design work (classes, workshops, writing books,blogs).
- Having time to write (“Write” means to share, educate, think deeply, create.)
- Volunteering in my industry. Giving back, now that I’m older and wiser and believe I have some to share.
- Seeing my prior career experience being useful to my business and clients. Realizing how it all fits is a beautiful feeling.
- Working with clients in an organizing/time management situation so that they can move onto do their own great work in life, and move into their own life’s purpose.
- Fulfilling friendships with smart, creative and wise colleagues – local, virtual and even those I only get to see once a year but stay in touch with. (Important to the self-employed, as we have no “hallway” to walk down or “water cooler” to hang out at!)
- Being able to do the work I love, not having it take over my personal world, expressing my values through my work and life (heck, knowing what they are!), being a strong and caring partner in life, being a respected partner in business, and making enough income to support the life I love.
Now, that feels like success. What are your own, internal measures of success? How do you know that your home is organized enough? Your home business systems are successful for you?