When I started working with Fortune 100 clients, I thought I knew what success looked like. In my mind, success was invitations to black-tie events, first-class travel to exotic destinations, and a second home in the mountains.
While those things were true for many of my clients, their “success” also looked like 60-hour workweeks, vacation days that were never taken, and midnight email exchanges.
I don’t know about you, but that’s not a life I want to work toward.
After years of watching my clients chase this stressful version of success, I’ve developed my own significantly more balanced approach. My success? It involves long walks with my dog, time to do the work I love, and a few key people who help make it all possible. If that sounds more like success to you, here are five steps you can take to create your own happy, healthy version:
1. Imagine and map out your perfect day.
Success is more than a bank balance; it’s a day-to-day life you really love. It’s hard to live a "successful" life if you’re not really sure how it looks and feels. Pull out a notebook and devote some time to figuring out what your dream day looks like. Here are a few questions to get you started: