I have a hard time defining success, specifically when it comes to my work. It seems like any enterprise that gets 40+ hours of my life each week should be setting me up for tangible success. There should be promotion, challenge, and a sense of pride and accomplishment. But what if there isn’t? What if you feel pretty much invisible at work; no one is recognizing you, let alone promoting you? Does that mean you’re not succeeding? If success isn’t measured by achievements, then how is it measured?
These are questions I’ve wrestled with regarding my career for the past few years, and here are a few questions I’ve been using to gauge my success:
Each day I strive to be able to answer these questions in the positive. I feel that if I can do that, I am giving myself the very best chance at true success, whether or not it comes with recognition or promotion.
Let me share a great scripture on the subject: “Exaltation comesneither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God isthe Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.”1
That’s not to say I have no ambition for growth or greater opportunity, but I’m learning to focus on the part I can control, my attitude and my performance, and trust God for the rest. I would hate to cheat myself out of the growth God wants for me because I’m putting an inflated value on tangible success.