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What is YOUR success?

Thursday, December 06, 2012

We all have goals - and we all have successes. There are the big goals: lose all the weight, get a new job, buy or sell a house, have a baby, graduate from college, watch your kids graduate from college. And when those goals are accomplished, we consider that success.

But there are also smaller goals, and smaller successes. I've only lost half my goal weight - but I've kept it off for four years - that's a success. I retired from a job I loved, but my husband and I took off to travel the world - our dream, and our current success. Last week I climbed a 500 meter high volcano (from sea level to summit) - another success! And today, I walked into a cafe, looked at the menu, thought about a muffin or eggs and toast, or even a BLT sandwich - but I ordered a flat white (a milkier latte) with trim milk (nonfat milk elsewhere in the world) - and THAT was a success.

So don't always measure your life by the long-term goals - there are stages along the way that are short-term goals, and you need to succeed at those.

And that's how I define success.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CONFUSEDBIRD 12/10/2012 8:35AM

    What a great blog! Thanks for the reminder. I am always waiting for the next big thing to happen. I need to stop and enjoy the small rewards along the way.

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WINDSURFNERD 12/9/2012 9:49PM

    Thanks for visitiing my blog, I can see you're busy tramping around the countryside and taking some great pictures!

There's a quote about how the "little decisions" we make each day are what create our the small successes count as much as the big ones!

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PHEBESS 12/9/2012 3:51PM

    Exactly right, Annie! Ania, probably next year some time - not sure when we'll hit Australia, we have the South Island yet to visit. Ellen, thank you as always for your support!

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NUMD97 12/8/2012 2:38AM

    Great blog! Short and to the point. I do so love your point of view. Thanks for posting, Phebess.

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ILOVEROSES 12/8/2012 1:52AM

    Well said Phebe! Flat skinny white emoticon I am waiting for you and Richard. emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 12/8/2012 12:29AM

    Every little step is a step in the right direction - good for you.

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WATERMELLEN 12/7/2012 8:53PM

    You ARE a success: short term, long term. What a great adventure you are having! it's a dream many people might have, but few find the courage to put it into action.

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ANNIEONLI 12/7/2012 7:38PM

    Repaying the blog visit! Thanks for visiting and reading mine! It sounds like a lovely time and congrats on maintaining that half-goal weight!!! Terrific!

My thought is that every good choice made is a success, because some choices are hard to make! (especially this time of year!)

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PHEBESS 12/7/2012 4:57PM

    Yup - great successes all! Doesn't matter if they are the final success or not - they are the successes NOW!

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MAMAJAHMAI 12/7/2012 12:41AM

    Well Put PHEBESS!! thanks for such a fresh perspective.... emoticon

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BESEVEN 12/6/2012 11:54PM

    Sometimes I think my biggest success is just making it through the day.

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PLATINUM755 12/6/2012 11:15PM

    Beautifully put and so often forgotten. Thank you for saying it so wonderfully!

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POPSY190 12/6/2012 7:19PM

    I'm not celebrating Christmas until the day - no using the season as an excuse for over-indulging for a month - that's my success.

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GINIEMIE 12/6/2012 6:26PM

    Good job Phebess!

Now, I order dressing/gravy on the side and rarely use 1/4th of it. Before I have an evening snack-if I'm not "starving" I check my caloric intake before indulging-that includes my small glass of wine. No calories left, I usually forgo the wine. The other day I was wanting a sweet, and had 57 calories left, I went into the cupboard and grabbed 1/2 a serving of dried apricots=50 calories. A smarter choice than chocolate or another sweet choice.
So, generally I'm making better choices.
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PHEBESS 12/6/2012 5:02PM


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PARKERB2 12/6/2012 4:47PM

    Our short term goals and their rewards are what keeps us going.

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