I think that the title of this post is actually two separate but related ideas. An achievement is something that is quantifiable whereas success is a feeling. For example, setting out to lose 30 pounds and reaching that goal. Or starting your own business and achieving $1,000,000 is sales. It is measureable.
Achievements are reaching the goals that you set out to accomplish. Goals need plans, strategies, and hard work. All things that you can quantify. You can lay out a very specific road map with every bump, pit stop, and "maintenance" check up planned out.
One extremely important, but never discussed topic, is attacking your goals with the right state. What this means is executing your plan with a positive attitude, confidence, or enthusiasm. If you are taking strong action to achieve your goals but not getting the results you are looking for then you are approaching it in the wrong state.
Let's take weight loss for example. You want to lose those 30 pounds so you put together a nutrition plan and workout schedule together and hit the road running! One problem...you hate all the food in your plan and you hate the gym. This is going to stress you out, make you miserable and depressed, and the results...YOU DON'T LOSE WEIGHT. The negativity and stress that is coming from you executing your plan in the wrong state is going to overpower whatever results you are supposed to achieve. You won't lose weight, you will get more stressed, and it becomes a downward spiral.
Now imagine you loved the food and loved the gym (or yoga, or Crossfit)! You will be positive, loving your new lifestyle. Your happiness reaches all areas of your life. You're sleeping better, your relationships are better, you have more confidence, and guess what...you will lose 30 pounds...and achieve your goal! Your emotional state is extremely powerful and is something that should not be underestimated.
This leads into my definition of success. I believe that success is a feeling. It is something inside of you that puts a smile on your face. It makes you a giving, caring person that is always happy. Success can come from achievement but it also cannot. Let me explain...
We all know people who have "achieved success" at least by the conventional thought. They have an amazing job, have loads of money, multiple properties, cars, boats, and other "things". They are the person that most people work so hard to be. They have achieved their goals!
Success is that feeling you get when you achieve the goals that truly matter to you. They are your passions, BIG dreams, your why! Not just making $1,000,000 in an office but making $1,000,000 in your dream job. Then you have achieved success! You know the feelings I am talking about. We have all had them. Some just more than others.
Achievements and success can come together or separately. This past weekend I began my annual elk hunting with a very good friend and some of my closest family. Side note...I am super passionate about hunting. I love harvesting wild meat for Kristen and I. Eating high quality meat is something I think is grossly underestimated both for your health and this planet. But I digress.
Well I have been waiting (many years) to get my tag in areas that have better elk hunting, we have been hunting in a area that you can simply buy a general tag for every year. The kicker...it isn't the best hunting. We have spent that last 4 years hunting this area and not even seen an elk. My skills needed improving at first but man it was draining waking up early every day for days on end and seeing nothing!
This past weekend something happened! While scouting I saw an elk in a clearing very high on a mountain ridge. The next day I watched the same clearing again and guess what? Another elk! The next morning I woke up very early (4:50 am) and hiked to this spot before the sun came up. I sat and watched a beautiful sunrise. I started to call. I called for about 20 minutes then all of a sudden I was looking a bull elk in the eyes from about 30 yards away. The bull unfortunately was only about a year old and not large enough to shoot, but I was on cloud nine!
So next time you are struggling, remember...your goals don't come easy! Success doesn't just happen. It takes hard work. It means stepping out of your comfort zone. You will do all of this if you want to truly reach your goals! Attack your plan in the right state! Be confident, proud, determined, and enthusiastic. The days of negativity are gone. Do these things and SUCCESS will come!
Live Your Best Life!