Success Statements

Success Statements were introduced by the late Thomas Leonard, who is often credited with being the father of coaching.

No matter how much you plan for retirement, there are going to be some significant life changes to face. To retire happy, you’re going to need to redefine what success means to you. Life after retirement means setting new retirement goals. This means defining what it means to be a senior and how you feel about aging. It may mean finding a new life purpose. Success statements will help you start the process.

When we normally think of success, we think actions that have been completed satisfactorily. There may be a sense of achievement or accomplishment. Success Statements, as defined here, are actually statement of “being”. When you are in that state, there is a sense of success, not by what you’ve done, but by who you are at that moment.

Success Statements can take some practice and time to hone in, but once you have them identified, they will be with you forever. They will help you identify what is important to you. As a result, you will be less likely to get distracted by outside influences.

I know I am being successful by…

I know I am being successful by…

I know I am being successful by…

It’s very important that you use the exact sentence structure and words that you see above because this sets you up to articulate more clearly how you not only define success but how you know you’re being successful at any given moment.

Here are some Strong (S) and Weak (W) examples of definitions of success. What makes an example strong is that it resonates with you, instead of just describing something important to you. Give the phrasing a twist until it zings for you. Can’t make it zing? Then select something entirely different for one of your success definitions.

S: I know I am being successful by how much I am enjoying my creativity.
W: I know I am being successful by how creative I am.

S: I know I am being successful by how much I am being nurtured by my relationship with God.
W: I know I am being successful by how much I believe in God.

S: I know I am being successful by how nice of a person I’m being no matter what.
W: I know I am being successful by how often I am nice.

As you continue to work on your success statements, you will see how they can help you plan for retirement. Life after retirement means finding new ways to define success in your life.

 

About Cathy Severson

Cathy Severson helps baby boomers find more meaning and purpose in their lives and work. Get your copy of her complimentary e-book Guide to Retirement Activities a comprehensive look at work, volunteering and leisure based on an individuals’ personalities. Call for a complimentary 20-minute consultation to answer your most pressing concern. 928.775.4949 or email Cathy at retirementlifematters@gmail.com

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