Habit #5: Define your success
The legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden coined his definition of success in 1934 when he was a high school English teacher. He noticed that students had different levels of aptitude and ability – all were not equal in their ability. While one student worked up to his highest level of ability that could result in a ‘C’ letter grade. Another student (maybe with much more advanced abilities) could get an ‘A’ but only earned a ‘B’ letter grade.
Which student would you consider a success in this example?
So John Wooden crafted his definition of success as “peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
So take a pause, a nice deep breathe, while you consider what it is that you really want. A simple way to do this is to define what success means for you.
Give it a realistic timeframe. Give it an actionable and do-able quality.
An example might look like this.
“Since I just got out of the hospital yesterday my definition of success with IBD is to be able to walk around the block on my own without rest within 10 days.”
Defining success is yours and yours alone. Whatever you choose make it resonate with you, make it motivating, and make it something that you feel comfortable and confident in achieving.
Enjoy your moment when you achieve your success. Savor it! Then quickly set another definition of success that will help you improve your life with IBD.
Write out your current definition of success with your IBD.