The meaning of success tends to evolve in our minds as we evolve. When I think of what I wanted when I was a teen, in my 20s, and now in my 30s, the big picture has definitely shifted.

Oftentimes, we achieve the success we dreamed of in the past but lack those defining moments where we check it off our list. It’s important to acknowledge the little chunks of progress over time, because those overnight success stories are few and far between (and often start with a long and winding lead up).

Here’s are 3 ways you can feel successful in the present.

1. Set daily intentions.
Getting a clear objective of what you would like to accomplish for the day is crucial. Before bed or in the morning, write down what you want to accomplish for the day.  Keep your goals reasonable.

2. Start early.
The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll finish! It feels good to have the majority of tasks completed before lunchtime. Studies show the brain has more energy in the mornings, energy we need to help us focus and knock things off our list. Prevent yourself from falling into the social media sinkhole during this time or you’ll hit a wall quickly on your productivity. Start with the easiest, least time consuming things first so you can hit the ground running.

3. Celebrate your wins.
At the end of the week, look back at your checklists! It is time to celebrate all those checkmarks. Take a moment to feel true gratitude for yourself. Step by step, you are making your big dreams come true. Celebrating can be something as simple as having a mini dance party to your favorite jam or treating yourself to something sweet. Take the time to feel grateful and appreciate YOU. If someone else was working for you and they handed you the lists of all the tasks they accomplished, what would you say to them? I doubt it would be nothing. You are an entrepreneur and the likeliness of someone cheering you on day to day is pretty small. You gotta be your own cheerleader. Go you! Celebrating helps you feel good about your progress and keeps your energy up to refocus and maintain consistent momentum.

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