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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.
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    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.
    1991 days ago
    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!
    1991 days ago
    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!
    1991 days ago
  • NUMD97
    Great blog! Short and to the point. I do so love your point of view. Thanks for posting, Phebess.
    1993 days ago
    Well said Phebe! Flat skinny white emoticon I am waiting for you and Richard. emoticon
    1993 days ago
    Every little step is a step in the right direction - good for you.
    1993 days ago
    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.
    1993 days ago
    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!)
    1993 days ago
    Yup - great successes all! Doesn't matter if they are the final success or not - they are the successes NOW!
    1993 days ago
    Well Put PHEBESS!! thanks for such a fresh perspective.... emoticon
    1994 days ago
    Sometimes I think my biggest success is just making it through the day.
    1994 days ago
    Beautifully put and so often forgotten. Thank you for saying it so wonderfully!
    1994 days ago
  • POPSY190
    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.
    1994 days ago
    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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    1994 days ago
    1994 days ago
    Our short term goals and their rewards are what keeps us going.
    1994 days ago
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