LET ME KNOW WHEN I'VE MADE IT
Posted: Feb 05 2015
I went and saw the film 'Birdman' last night and I was struck not by the struggles of the washed up movie star played by Michael Keaton, but by something Naomi Watts' character said.
"Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to be a Broadway actress and now I'm on Broadway
and I'm still a little kid."
I quickly scribbled it in my phone after the movie, hoping I would be able to look up the exact wording this morning, but alas the quote is no where to be found. So, I apologise if when you go and see the movie it's not exactly like this...
She followed on with;
"You just want someone to tell you you've made it, you know?"
It made me smile, because I think every entrepreneur or person striving towards a goal yearns for this from time to time. We rarely stop to smell the roses, and before we've even reached today's goal we're already imagining the next bigger, better achievement.
I dreamt of running my own business for five years before launching Her Wardrobe last year, and I sure as hell don't feel like I have "made it". Or have I? Should we celebrate the big milestones, that quickly shrink to past milestones. Spend more time reflecting on what we have achieved versus what we haven't?
I myself don't have the answer, but I am starting to think perhaps we don't ever actually "make it". I wonder if Angelina Jolie or Janine Ellis or Richard Branson feel like they have "made it". Probably not. As soon as we push through that ceiling, we create another and we simply focus on climbing the rungs again.
In the case of Naomi Watts' character perhaps she did just need someone to acknowledge her achievement. It can often be simply someone's praise that motivates us to keep going. It therefore seems essential that if you are striving towards a goal you make it known. Share it with your family or friends so that when you get there they can celebrate with you. Research conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews in the US found that individuals with written goals were 39.5% more likely to succeed. But there's more. Individuals who wrote their goals and sent progress reports to friends were 76.7% more likely to achieve them. Simply by sharing your progress with friends you can double your chance of success - and be one step closer to, "making it".