You have your own personal definition of success.
It looks different than anyone else’s vision of success.
We go through different stages of business growth and different rhythms in life. When my boys were young my business was built around being able to be there to get them off the bus as many days as I could. When they were young teens it was all about the flexibility for carpools and shuttling to travel baseball games and soccer tourneys.
As they got older and more independent and self-reliant, my business success turned more toward my own priorities of making a bigger impact and financial freedom.
Many of my clients are in the re-evaluation stage. Precipitated by the pandemic, they are focusing their business more aligned with their purpose, utilizing their gifts and doing work they absolutely love.
While others are re-evaluating their third act and saying…Now or never is my time to release my wisdom and expertise and make a bigger impact. And, some are saying…I want to slow down, travel and be free to be with the grandkids more.
And every one of them including me has a desire for creative expression and sharing our gifts at a higher level. Liberating our self-expression, voice, and leadership in our own unique way.
Each of us has our own vision for financial success. One client I have would love to add a couple $1k to her business each month while another is ready to move up to $75k each quarter.
Another common top value for creative entrepreneurs is freedom. Freedom to choose their work, time freedom, stress freedom, creative freedom. Freedom to do what they want when they want.
What about you?
What is your unique definition of success – right now?
What are your top priorities?
What are your deepest desires?
What does financial success look like right now?
What is your idea of freedom?
I re-evaluate every couple of years especially after big shifts in my life.
It’s important to define your personal vision of success. Then you can make decisions in your business about what to say yes to and what to say no to. Then you can let go of avenues that aren’t in alignment with the business and life you want to create.
This is a good exercise to do during some Reflection Time! Plan a Sunday afternoon or Friday and create a mini-retreat…or bring this to your coach to get clarity!