What Does Success Look Like?
Note: This is a repost from A Summer To Serve, my new home for the summer.
An important question before any major endeavor is asking yourself, “What does success look like?“
David flew in late last night and we spent the first half of the day today talking about our goals for the trip and breaking them into major buckets. Here they are:
1. Helping Others
Obviously our number one goal and the primary purpose of this trip is to help other people. Here are some of the specifics on how we intend to do so.
- Scheduling formal volunteer opportunities at least twice a week
- Coaching individuals to make changes in their lives and offering them someone to be accountable to
- Going out of our way to make someone smile every day
- Leveraging social media and our network to help more people than we could do alone
- Being fun, happy, and radiant everywhere we go
2. Optimum Health
They say that it is hard to be healthy when you are traveling. We intend on challenging that myth and making this a healthy roadtrip.
- Sticking to the Paleo Diet 90% of the time (never refuse meals though if offered)
- Eating breakfast every morning
- Drinking plenty of water every day
- Doing some form of yoga or stretching daily
- Strength training three times a week (mostly body weight exercises)
3. Self Improvement
In addition to helping others grow, we want to also grow as individuals on this trip. Much of this will be through interacting with people all over the United States, but we want to also use our travel time to learn and grow.
- Personal growth from helping others and learning about their stories, challenges, and successes
- Listen to 100+ hours of podcasts on personal development, business, marketing, relationships
- Martha Beck life coach training starts in June for Mike (over the phone once a week)
4. Building Relationships
Relationships are the cornerstone of life. Building and maintaining relationships is something that we both take seriously, so that will also be a focus of the trip.
- Having meals with friends old and new several times a week
- Scheduling meetups in major cities to reconnect with friends and meet some new ones
- Going out of our way to meet new people on the road (smiling and shaking hands)
- Experiencing the nightlife of the cities that we visit (in moderation)
In order to help as many people as possible and to spread our message, we will focus on marketing through various media types.
- Capturing enough video for a documentary
- Blogging regularly (at least once a week)
- Doing some video blogging when appropriate
- Meeting with traditional media if opportunities arise
Finally, we want to make sure we allow ourselves to have fun on this adventure. After all, “If it doesn’t involve love or fun, what’s the point?”
- Don’t take ourselves too seriously
- Allow for flexibility in the schedule
- Force ourselves to say yes to fun adventures or social events even if we are tired
After finishing this exercise we felt much more clear on our outcomes and the direction of our trip. With such a large undertaking, having these guiding principles will make sure that we are spending our time and energy on the right things.
So what about you? What big changes are you working on right now? Whatever it is, make sure that you first ask yourself the all important question: What does success look like?
One you have well defined outcomes it will be much easier to make that change.