How should you measure success? |

How should you measure success?

One of my favorite things about writing this column is the interaction and communication with the community. I appreciate you all for the feedback, recommendations and support you have provided over the years.

This past week, I received one of those communications I love so much via email. One of our local readers wanted to know why I haven’t been more diligent about following up on the pursuit of our goals and New Year’s resolutions as I have in years past, especially right at the beginning of the year.

I am glad that some of you look forward to the challenges and prodding from yours truly when it comes to the pursuit of your goals and dreams. The fact that you reach out and share those dreams means more to me than you can imagine.


Well, let me ask you now that we are just a little more than a month into the New Year, how are you doing with your resolutions, goals and plans? Are you right where you thought you would be? Are you ahead of schedule? Or maybe you aren’t quite where you wanted to be or where you thought you might be by now. The good news is that we have only completed 1⁄12 of the year.

Imagine the year as if you were looking at a 12-inch ruler with the month of January sitting on the one inch mark. It’s easy to see or imagine that there is still so much more time ahead of us than there is behind us. Even if we haven’t gotten off to a super strong start yet, or if we have realized that we still have more work to do, the balance of the year works in our favor.


Now, continue to use your imagination. Think of each inch as the next month in the year and the space between each as a 30-day window. Get the visual in your head, maybe even transfer the image to paper or an electronic document. What are the things that need to happen in each month, in each 30-day window, that will help you with the achievement of your goals and dreams? We can’t measure success if we do not know what it is we are measuring. What does success look like in February? What will it look like in March? And what does success mean along our individual ruler or path to success?

There is more good news. Success can come in all shapes and sizes and can be accomplished along any time line. There are immediate wins, near-term successes, mid-range accomplishments and the successful achievement of long-term goals. And there is even more good news — success begets success. That’s right — the more we succeed, the more likely it is that success will follow us wherever we go.


How about you? Where are you in the pursuit of your goals and dreams? I am sure there are many of you who don’t need me to be your weekly reminder or coach when it comes to being driven to succeed. And I am sure there are many of you who have someone or something that inspires and motivates you as you seek success. My hope is that this week you will realize that there is still so much time left this year to set our goals and resolutions and just as much time to pursue and achieve our modest, or wildest, dreams.

I would love to hear all about where you see yourself on the ruler and how you plan on pursuing personal success at Remember, when we identify what we want and plan for our own success, it will be a better-than good-week.

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach, motivational speaker and CEO of He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.

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