How To Make Success A Habit in 2018


What Does Success Mean To You?

Success, according to Google Dictionary, is a noun; it is “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose; the attainment of popularity or profit; and a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity.”

That sounds about right. Success doesn’t have to be a big thing. You can claim success if you make it to bed by 9:00, if that is your goal. Success can be measured. You are a success if you make your first million dollars by the time you are 30, unless your intent was to make a billion.


Success is in the Eye of the Beholder

Success has a different meaning to each and every person and can change from moment to moment. Does success make you happy? Maybe. Maybe not. For some, accomplishment of one goal just means they set a new goal toward which they struggle.

How to Define Success and Make it a Habit in 2018

  • Again, what does success mean to you?
  • What is your purpose?
  • How do you intend to achieve success?

Maya Angelou defines it this way: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

“Liking what you do” whether it be your career, going to the beach, managing a meeting,hosting a holiday party, or taking care of family isn’t always easy. But shouldn’t it be the goal for every task and every aspect of your life?


Define Your Own Success

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Kendra Kinnison, Leadership Coach

Define your own success and make success a habit. TBW Past State President Kendra Kinnison has a formula to Change Your Mindset to create a habit. She says one should find a trigger, practice, enjoy a reward, and keep moving forward. I like her analogy to “think of it like a snowball.” Not the kind you throw, but the snowball you start in your hands then roll around in the snow to make it bigger and bigger to make a snowman. Let’s pretend there is limitless snow, and think of the snow as life’s opportunities. You are in control of how big you roll the snowball.

Staying with Kendra’s analogy, first make sure you wear warm clothes, gloves, and a hat; in other words, prepare. Pick up a double handful of snow and pack it tight; set it on the ground and roll it around to make it bigger, roll the snowball around every day. Each roll is a small success as the snowball grows. Reward yourself for small successes and keep rolling. Kendra says that “with each rotation we get stronger and more powerful.”

How to make a habit snowball with Kendra Kinnison

Every new undertaking is an opportunity to make another snowball and celebrate its success. Every new day is another chance to make a rotation with your growing snowball. Every new year creates an opportunity to reevaluate your goals, make plans to stay the path or change direction, and to decide how big your snowball will be.



The Best Wishes,

Mary Mackey

TBW President 2016-2018

Communication. Collaboration. Connection. Teamwork.

The next step. It’s all that matters now. Take it.”  ― Coach Kendra Kinnison