Measuring and defining success

After more than 10 years in consulting, I’ve gone through a lot of goal-setting exercises. Some of those goals included:

  • planning a consulting business
  • graduating from an entrepreneurship program
  • getting my first client
  • achieving part-time success
  • leaving my full-time job
  • making more than I did in my full-time job
  • securing my first "Fortune 500" client
  • moving into new business areas
  • teaching at the college level
  • establishing recurring revenue
  • subcontracting work
  • and so on.

However, no matter what my successes, I’m tempted to look at my revenues. It’s my biggest vice. I know there are a million ways to measure success, but I always end up looking at my financial statements.

Do you share my challenge? How do you manage it?