Look up the word success in the dictionary, and it is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. As individuals we make plans, set goals, and then work to figure out how to achieve them. Many think that you must meet that goal to be successful, but truth be told success looks different for everyone. For some, success may look like a stay at home mom getting out of the house to work part-time a few hours a week; it may be a promotion and moving up the ladder in your respective company or paying off debt/making a big purchase. If we all had the same goals for success it would be quite boring, so it is great that we can set our own bars and follow those parameters to fulfill our lives. One thing that all human beings struggle with is the comparison of their self to others. It is soo easy to compare what you are doing to what someone else is, or what they have compared to what you do not. Since we all define success in different ways, we should not compare ourselves to what other’s have, yet keep our heads and hearts set in the direction of our own goals. That new car that someone just posted on social media may look great, but if that is not your goal, then be happy for them and move on. Constant comparing stem’s jealousy and the only thing good that can come from that is harder work on your part.
Taking a look at the nature of production agriculture in today’s society it is easy to say that companies must set goals and parameters to drive their production. The animals raised and ultimately sent out the door defines the success of the company from a financial perspective. It seems common sense that a company not making money is not a viable one. There are other ways that companies can define their success, not just in dollars. They can define success through the tenure of their employees. Companies with low turnover historically have better performance and production numbers. In a time where labor retention seems to be a challenge in the ag world, keeping good staff is defined as a success.
To define whatever your version of success is there are 5 key steps that you can take:
We have all heard the saying “if success came easy, would it really be success?”, well it goes to say that not everything we set our minds too will be easy. The end point will be the same for almost everyone, but as long as you are able to attain the goal you had in your mind and your heart it will be defined as a success in your book.