When a deadline is looming, people respond in many, many ways. Each person has a way of coping or approaching or ignoring or using the deadline to achieve/fail. Some people aim for success; some people aim for failure. Yes, both are aims and both are normal reactions depending on each person’s attitude, history, and current bodily balance or imbalance.
This post is being presented to those who aim for success. (I bet you thought it would be the other aim.)
Aiming for success is usually a positive aspiration. Success in one’s endeavors is considered to be the goal that should be reached. Success. What is success? The dictionary says that success means the attainment of wealth, honors, position, etc. In society, wealth, the receipt of awards, CEOs, elected leaders, and celebrity are the coveted (eagerly wished for) ideals.
Let’s look at success in life. What are successful life goals?
- Maintaining good family relationships—not always easy, but worth making a goal.
- Maintaining community—very important and worth the investment.
- Maintaining a healthy outlook about oneself—influences all the other goals and is vital for reaching the goals with health and self-esteem unharmed.
- Maintaining work requirements—delivering (a performance or a report), showing up when expected, influencing others or work conditions, performing duties properly and with concern (no matter the type of work), providing the needed skills (relearning or staying current as needed), and focusing when focus is required.
- Maintaining a relationship with the environment and the creatures that inhabit the planet. “Creatures” include animals and people.
Success is large and small. Large and small successes. Public and private successes. Often, the small and private successes are the most important.
Getting back to deadlines—each person determines the approach that works or doesn’t work. Remembering to attend to all of the life goals should help keep focus and lessen wasteful fretting and wasteful actions.