Many of us sit in one of two types of reality-distortion fields. You may think you are more successful than you really are, which means you're in danger of not accomplishing much. Or you may think you aren't doing enough, which means you may burn yourself out because you think you have farther to go.
If you are an ambitious businessperson, then by definition you are the latter. It fuels you. It also can destroy you.
Me and long-time author Jeanette Hurt have talked about this for years: We are driven to an incredibly high goal, and just as it is clear we will reach it, we move the flagpole further down the line. Unfortunately, that means never quite being satisfied, nor actually giving oneself credit.
Your insatiable appetite for goal setting may drive you forward, but there's no danger in tempering that trait with some checks and balances. Here's what you can do.
Celebrate every victory: For my latest books, The Bite-Sized Entrepreneur and The Productive Bite-Sized Entrepreneur, I actually wrote down simple rewards I would give myself at certain sales numbers. I initially had super high markers, but I forced myself to make the victories low. It forced me into the routine of celebrating even minor wins - making the book process even more joyful this time around.
Lean on others: It is essential that you have a small group of people who know your intent and are invested in having you reach your goals. I call them a brain trust, as I've talked about before (Jeanette Hurt is part of mine). When you're not recognizing the success you've made, your brain trust will bring you down to earth and remind you that you did reach your goal - you just decided to move the flag.
Make realistic goals: The further the space between you and your goal, the longer it will feel like you aren't achieving much. Realistic milemarkers not only give you a system to recognize your success, but they also increase the chances of you reaching those momentous goals - since you will have the motivation to complete them from all the minor successes along the way.