You can’t hit the bullseye unless you have a target. And you can’t be successful unless you have a definition for success. That is true personally, and it is true about the organizations we lead.
So how do you define success? Is it a job well done, goals reached, money, recognition, being needed, pleasing God, helping people, and you can go on and join me in making a list that is much longer.
A friend of mine played for John Wooden in UCLA’s 1966 NCAA national basketball championship season, so I’ve been thinking about what Wooden had to say about success, especially in the pyramid he created to help athletes and others think about the subject. Here is his definition of success: Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
Take a moment, and write two definitions of success – one for yourself personally, and one for your organization. Define success. It’s your first move, and it’s foundational to all the others.
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