7 Signs Your Career Is Going Well

satisfactionAuthor: Justin Bariso
Source: The Muse

Success means different things to different people.

For many, accumulating wealth or power are definitive signs of achievement. For you, it may be as simple (or complex) as being happy.

And although an attitude of continuous self-improvement reaps great rewards, it’s beneficial to stop every now and then and appreciate what we’ve already accomplished.

With that in mind, here are seven unexpected signs that you’re more successful than you think:

1. You’ve Made Tons of Progress

When I was struggling to learn a language, a wise person once told me: “Don’t think about how far you’ve got to go. Look back, and consider how far you’ve already come.”

This principle applies across our lives. Think about the version of yourself from five years ago. What experience have you collected? What lessons have you learned?

The truth: You’ve come a long way.

2. You Set Your Own Priorities

Your business may not be making millions, but you love what you do. Or, you’ve learned the invaluable lesson that money can’t buy more time—so you spend as much of that time as you can with family and friends (or doing what’s important to you).

Establishing priorities is half the recipe for success. The other half is sticking to them.

3. You Love to Learn

You’re a voracious reader. You love to try new things. You don’t mind making mistakes.

Why? Because every new journey broadens your horizons and helps you to better understand yourself, others, and the world around you. Mistakes aren’t failures—they’re only more opportunities to learn.

4. You Use Goals as Stepping Stones

We tend to measure success with the big things—graduating from school, earning our first promotion, even getting married.

But it’s the small, behind-the-scenes goals that lead to the bigger accomplishments: every passed test, every productive work assignment, getting past that horrid first date.

All great successes begin with smaller ones.

5. You Cultivate Good Habits

It’s been famously said by Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

You know how you get up early every morning? How about that fitness routine you stick to? Or the fact that you work hard to always arrive a little bit early?

Reaching goals requires hard work and perseverance. But regardless of where you’re trying to go, the right habits are helping you get there.

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