Success – expectations and reality

I’ve definitely fallen into the trap of thinking success was linear.

“Follow these steps, work hard and achieve your goal.”

I applied this thinking to my career, sporting endeavours, my planning and when I’ve tried to learn something new of build a new habit.

When I look back now, though, I can see the reality was very different. I’m not talking about this in the definiton of success, but rather goals I’ve achieved professionally and personally.

What I’ve learned:

  • It really is the ability to simply keep going
  • Be curious
  • Recognise there are good days and bad days
  • Try to focus on the day to day process rather the end “outcome”
  • Accept and recognise that you will make mistakes. That’s where the learning is
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Run your own race

What else would you add to this list?