What Would Success Look Like?

As some of you may remember, in 2019 I spent time training at the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Among the many things I learned was the value of asking clarifying questions rather than advice-giving questions (e.g.: “What have you tried? Vs. “What if you tried?”)

One of my favorite clarifying questions—and one I have been asking myself a lot the last month or two is—“What would success look like?”

As has been the case with many of you, I’ve spent the last nine months scrambling to redefine what success looks like.

As I prepare for 2021, I’ve decided to tackle answering this question in a more concrete, less scattered, fashion:

To that end, my plan is to take the next few weeks doing a deep dive into those aspects of my business that bring me joy – and which do not.

Also, what have I had to let go of that I miss? And—almost more importantly—what have I had to let go off that I do not miss at all?

(Because if I’m not considered about it, those things will creep back….)

On the off chance that you are intrigued—or baffled—by how you might answer the question, I invite you to spend time over these holidays ruminating on all the different ways you might respond if I were to ask you,

“In 2021—what does success look like for you?”

I look forward to hearing your answers in the new year.

With love and thanks to you all for your encouragement and support this last year and all my best wishes for your definition of success in the year(s) to come.


As you consider how you might answer the question, it might be helpful to take a look at, “Sometimes There’s No Map—and That’s OK”

For more on the value of clarifying questions vs. advice giving questions, take a look at “The Downside of Offering Advice—and How You May Be Offering Advice Without Realizing It”