So you’ve done something well, you’ve succeeded, you’ve reached your goal and you’re proud. Now what?
This is an important question that you should ask yourself for the rest of your life: “Now what?” I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but we are successful only when we are progressing toward something. The minute you reach your goal, you are no longer successful.
Here’s a quote from Steve Jobs: “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”
So we need to be in a constant state of progression in order to be successful. As an author finishes writing her book, she simultaneously goes to work on the next one. That is success. An entrepreneur develops a hit product, and as sales are increasing, he begins working on a new product or service. That is success. A fitness aficionado reaches his goal weight for dead lift, and decides to aim for a new, higher weight. That is success.
Regardless of our endeavor, we should always aim higher, and keep increasing our goals as we go.The ladder of success is really one of those mountain-climber machines, the ones where the steps keep disappearing and reappearing at the top. In order to stay on and continue to be successful, you have to keep climbing.
So think about how this relates to your life. What do you do well, every single day? How can you do it better? What could you do more efficiently? Never get complacent. Make sure you question often the things in your life and wonder about how you could improve them.
Question for the comments: Was there ever a time when you realized you had become complacent? How did you go about fixing that?