I’m a fan of podcasts. I have subscribed to probably 30-40 podcasts, then glance through them each week to see which ones I’d like to listen to. Sometimes I don’t get to them that week, but then they are on my phone waiting for me to have some time to listen to.
I typically listen to podcasts in my car while I’m running errands (by myself, its no use listening to them when I have the boys in the car) or at the gym if I don’t bring a book with.
My podcasts are usually in two categories: business or creativity and faith. If I am having a business day (my two mornings each week when my younger goes to preschool), or if I’m heading to a creative meet-up, then I listen to business-minded podcasts. If it is really any other time, I’m listening to faith based ones, either on teaching the Bible, being a mom, practicing hospitality, or book reading.
Tonight, I want to share some thoughts from one of my favorite podcast hosts, Sarah Bragg, over on Surviving Sarah. Kristy Dickerson was her guest a few weeks ago and I finally got the chance to listen to it.
One thing she said stuck with me and I’d like to talk about that a bit: “Define success for you.”
Success as defined in the dictionary means: to turn out well, to attain a desired object or end. That is such a blank canvas. We can succeed or fail at anything by that definition. Yet, in the creative industry or the “momprenuer” world, I think most people have certain standards that, if they meet those standards, it will mean they have succeeded.
So, how do we know if we have succeeded? There has to be something attainable. Here are some thoughts:
- Define what success would look like for you. And don’t do this alone. Maybe you have a brainstorming session over coffee with just yourself. Then, you can take that list or those doodles and share them with your husband or maybe a creative business partner. Or share them with a friend. Now, you don’t have to take everything they say and throw out your list, but wisdom is gaining understanding from wise counselors. So, share your ideas, really listen to what a few others would say about those ideas, and revamp your list if necessary. Only if you know what success will look like for you will you ever really know if you succeed.
- Understand your season. One thing I learned early on from one of Sarah’s podcasts is that you are always in a season. But seasons change. And everyone is in a season – and everyone’s season will last for a different length of time. You may be in a season of sickness, or having to work when you don’t want to work, or shuffling kids to baseball practice or ballet. Maybe you will have to look at each of your seasons and define what success will look like in that particular season. It always changes. Right now for example, these three weeks, we are preparing to rent our house for the Masters. So, I have less time to blog, read, and create because I’m getting our home ready, clean, organized, decluttered, and packing for vacation. But, its a short season. Summer will be another season because both of my boys will be home full time so there will be less time to do stuff for me. But, definitely more time to spend on the deck, with friends, and at the pool.
- Don’t compare. I’ve been in and out of a funk of comparison. People say I need to charge more for my art…but I don’t think I should because I don’t think its as great as other art I see. Some people say I should write more, but I think there are so many books at there, who would necessarily want to read what I have to say. I’ve got to remember, for me, success isn’t necessarily numbers and likes and followers on instagram, but forming and building relationships with those who do follow me.
I hope these few thoughts will encourage you to look at success in a new way. And, definitely go check out Sarah’s podcasts, especially if you are a mom or mom-prenuer