How do we measure success? What is it? Merriam-Webster defines success as a "favorable or desirable outcome."In order to have success do you have to have a goal first? These definitions indicate levels of effort or tries, but in order to have success do efforts need to have a projected outcome first? If the "prosperous termination of attempts" is different than expected, do we still consider it success?
I fit in a run this morning during my nothing-officially-scheduled-therefore-not-so-busy-day-off. I am attempting a 38 day run streak, courtesy of a challenge put forth by Runner's World. It is only a mile a day (minimum), but the streak is every day from Memorial Day to Independence Day. Yesterday, I did not run (and I did not run the day I drove back from Tennessee). But I have run every other day so far! And while I am no longer officially meeting the goal of consecutive days of running, I know I had two choices after breaking the streak: keep trying or quit. I am still aiming to complete the streak between now and July 4th. I am going to call not quitting "success" even though my goal shifted during my efforts.
Last week, I gave a ranger program at the public library in Lafayette. From past experiences of giving programs at libraries, I told my co-workers "I will be happy if three show up." Public program attendance, in general, can be hit or miss. Ten showed up!
|I show a short clip from the "America's Best Idea" series by Ken Burns |
when I give my talk on the National Park Service.
I am still working on defining success in my own life. I had spent so long in school, a time where grades and edits and assessments were how I defined success, that I have neglected to develop my own gauge for success.
Now to complete the rest of my today's to-do list: listen to the rain, sip my coffee, read a little, write a little, remember that using my day off to rest is its own form of success.