We all know that we want to be successful – but identifying what does this actually looks like and how we measure it can often be tricky. The idea of ‘success’ can vary depending on a huge number of factors such as location, industry, personality and job role…so what does success look like to you?
It’s important to highlight that success is subjective and it means different things to different people.
For one person, delivering a presentation in front of ten peers wouldn’t even make them blink, whereas for another this would be a huge achievement. LEAP’s five steps for success should get you on the right track.
1. Pinpoint where you want to be
The starting point is often the trickiest part – working out where you want to be or what it is that you want to achieve. This doesn’t mean that you need to put together an extensive five-year plan, but you need to think about what you’d like to achieve in the future. A good place to start is by thinking about your role and the industry that you work in. Where do you face challenges or skill gaps? Are there any areas that you know you need to improve on?
2. Mark your milestones
Once you’ve worked out where it is that you want to be in a more general sense, then now it’s time to get some milestones charted out. These could be small things that will contribute to the achievement of your final goal – for example, signing up for a course, shadowing a senior employee or even planning your time more effectively.
3. Define and measure your own metrics for success
Now that you know where you want to be and the smaller achievements that it will take to get there, it’s time to define some metrics so that you can measure how effective you were at reaching each achievement. Your metric could be a timeframe, a pass rate or feedback from your employer.
4. Acknowledge your achievements
Once you’ve reached your end goal, it’s important to take a moment to recognise that you’ve achieved what you set out to do. Think about things that helped or hindered you – perhaps it took longer than expected or maybe a specific tool or platform helped you to get there. By looking at what worked and what didn’t, it will help you to become more efficient next time.
5. Ready for round two?
You’ve smashed your original goals and feeling pretty good about yourself, that doesn’t mean it’s time to put your feet up. Success isn’t static, if you sit around too long you’ll soon be overtaken by people who have been busy upskilling and improving. Think about what’s next on the list on your wider plan and start again!