How Do You Measure Success?

Do you measure where you are on your blueprint for success?

Modern blueprint of the French galleon La Belle.
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Are you asking yourself, measure how, with what?

Do you have a plan for achieving success in different areas of your business and your personal life that include specific benchmarks to keep you on track?

You may be wondering why it’s so important to have some kind of measuring stick, such as a personal manifesto for example, to use in your decision making process.

Here’s why…

At a conference I met a man who was extremely successful at predicting the futures market, which is a part of the stock market.

He felt he was really successful in just about every area of his life except for his weight. He was extremely overweight. He had gone to see his mentor in person, and they had a conversation where his mentor asked him, “What are your rules about your weight?”

He thought about it, and he realized, “Okay. I’ve been so successful at my work because I have clear-cut rules on how I do everything in my business.”

Side Note: He had a blueprint for success with specific benchmarks to keep him on track and those were his “rules” for trading.

He also quickly realized that he had never set up any rules about what his health was supposed to look like. He had a vision and an action plan (blueprint) in every other area of his life, and, surprise, the one area of his life that wasn’t working was his health and his weight.

So he went home from that meeting and spent several hours writing out what he wanted his health to look like; much like a personal health manifesto.

He decided he was going to lose 70 pounds in 70 weeks, without starving himself or being on a diet. Then he planned to make millions by telling other people how to do it.

This is only possible because he established a plan, an outline of what health looked like to him, and what he would and wouldn’t have in his life pertaining to his health.

That’s what your personal manifesto is. It’s the statements you’ve set for yourself that allow you to be who you are and know when to say no to what isn’t you. It is an easy reference.

When something comes up and you aren’t sure what to do, you can look at your personal manifesto and see if it fits with what you wrote about how you see yourself, who you want to become and what’s important to you. It won’t be long before you don’t have to look at your manifesto at all. It will become a natural part of your internal decision making process.

Everything you want to be successful at needs a blueprint, guidelines that you follow so you have a way to determine your level of success and a way to judge opportunities as being a good fit or not.

This is the first step in deciding what’s most important to you. Getting on track with your passion is the second step and then you need to create a screenplay, or vision, for your life.

The big picture consists of, “Where is my life going and what do I want it to look like?” What are the steps you’re going to take to get there. Now it’s real, so you know how you’re going to do it. You’ll break it down into simple, manageable steps.

Now it’s time to create your personal manifesto and get started with your success blueprint.

Until next week, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Just comment on this post below.

If you would like personal mentoring, send me an email detailing what you would like help with.  As your mentor I hold a bigger vision for you than you hold for yourself.  When you have faith and a team that believes in you, it gives you courage.  When you don’t have to do it all yourself, all things are possible for you.  Commit today to go for your dream 100%.

With 32 years in sales and marketing, along with 38 years studying human behavior, Lynn Pierce, “The Success Architect,” mentors entrepreneurs and information marketers to reach the pinnacle of success. Tell Lynn what the life of your dreams looks like, and she’ll create the blueprints to get you there, along with the sales system to fund it. Lynn Pierce’s personal growth and business acceleration systems help her clients get three times the results in half the time with one tenth of the effort. Claim your free special report, “What Do You Stand For; A No B.S. Guide to Creating Your Won Personal Manifesto” at

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