Measuring Success IS Directly Related to Your Happiness

measuring successMeasuring success means reaching deep within the depths of my soul and determining how happy I truly am.

I’ll be honest, I’m easily distracted. And that’s why my last post was almost one month ago! My oldest began his summer vacation July 1 and we’ve been focused on fun, the sun, and family bonding ever since. I’m making a conscious effort to focus a lot of my attention on my kids. I’m also at a bit of a fork in the road regarding business. It’s a silver fork. I feel lucky to have it and eager to explore new directions.  You see, the past year threw me for a few loops – nothing tragic or depressing, but, rather, eye-opening in a personal growth kind of way.

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. ~ Maya Angelou

In January I got mastitis (an infection that can happen to breastfeeding mothers. It hurts like HELL and leaves you feeling like you’ve got the worst flu ever). Mastitis turned into cellulitis that makes the “worst flu ever” feel like a walk in the park. This knocked me on my ass physically and mentally. I don’t know what it was, but I couldn’t claw myself back out of the hole for a few months. I’m still in a bit of a funk. I mean, my year of “Ambition Mission” has totally gone for a loop. When I was in the thick of it, I was almost delirious, but all I kept thinking was “I don’t want to spend my life pleasing clients who don’t energize me. I want to feel amazing about the work I do. I want to be able to shut things off and focus on my family when I’m not working.” I cut a potential client out after that which cut my potential income down quite a bit, but I’m happy I did it. I knew in my heart of hearts that the client would drain me, but I wasn’t focusing on that at the time. I was just focusing on $. And, in my opinion, that isn’t a way to live a healthy life and conduct business in a satisfying way.

In February, my youngest had several febrile seizures. We spent a night in the hospital. It was terrifying, but he’s fine. Since then, I’ve held both my kids tight as I’m extremely thankful that they’re both healthy. Yes, scares aren’t fun, but that’s all we endured. A scare. A few people in my life have gone or are going through true heartbreak with their children’s health and having a scare is all it takes for me to realize that, if I have a choice between playing in the park with my boys or leaving for half the afternoon to meet with a potential client who may or may not book my services – I’m going to do the former.

This year has been a year of realization and personal growth for me so far. Every year is. But the plan I laid out has gone completely in a different direction. I think it’s a good thing, but I’m still figuring things out. My feelings are changing about where I want to take my service business and, as I’ve mentioned, there’s another business idea on the horizon. I’m a believer in many different streams of income, not just one, and that’s exactly what I’m setting out to do. Consulting is a direction I’d like to take on and learning about an entirely new business model, e-commerce, as been very eye-opening and challenging, but thrilling.

Remember this, whatever business you choose to launch, be sure you enjoy it. And if you stop enjoying it, be ok with trying something new. Life is too short to stick with something that doesn’t make you jump out of bed in the morning.

There’s no rule book to say you have to continue on with one profession or one business or one hobby. The decisions you make and the goals you pursue are up to you and should always be up to you. Pursue what makes you happy and excited now and when that changes, move on to the next.

With all that being said, I’m not closing down my business or anything:) I’m just seeking out new paths to add to my income and passion map. And I’m excited to see where it takes me!

Do you have any life and business desires forming in your mind that you haven’t brought forth just yet? I challenge you to write them down and think about how you could make them happen!