Excel At Achievement & Contentment Without Losing Your Focus

woman on beach with laptop and question is it success vs. satisfaction or can you have both? deanafarrell.com

Excellence is a state of mind and a standard more than it is a status. But how does a Valued, Amazing Lady in business like you consistently excel at achieving her goals while remaining content?

Prioritized focus. Sounds pretty cut and dry as it relates to a formula for synchronizing accomplishment and satisfaction. You and I know it’s not as easy as that and takes a lot of effort and energy to excel at anything. Yet too many of us spend more time making that process look effortless than we do actually fortifying the process.

Excellent fakers and mess makers.

Achievers may achieve and put the ha! in hard challenges, but does it bring them contentment? Unabashedly satisfied posts on social media may bring likes, followers, and even some haters, but does it bring them closer to their goals? Okay, sure if their goal was likes and followers, but then what?

Looking successful and being successful are two very different things. And if we’re not careful, we can start chasing down the wrong goal.


Likes, followers, and comments on social media doesn’t pay your bills. Clicks on your website don’t either, but they can be excellent tools to get you to that particular goal.

Harsh, I know, but I see too many entrepreneurial women focus on the stats and not the metrics. One tells your status, the other how you got there.

Take a moment to assess your current levels of contentment & achievement.

  • Which one do you excel at most?
  • Are you completely present and satisfied in your day-to-day while simultaneously striving to make progress toward your dreams?
  • Are you constantly trading one for the other?

See how slippery this slope can get if you don’t pay attention and focused?

Keeping your focus while handling your business can be tough, but not if you keep your vision in front of you. That’s the BIG dream that will outlast you. Your legacy.

You may be satisfied with how you achieved your definition of success, but remember your success does not equal fulfillment. One meets the needs of achieving the goal, while the other raises your level of awareness and character.

Satisfaction and success are two common criteria when it comes to goal setting. Although these two unwritten rules are not something you’ll write on your to-do list, they’re there. Whether consciously or subconsciously, satisfaction and accomplishment are the underlying goals for your goals.

Becoming an excellent steward of both success & satisfaction.

  • Embrace your role as a leader. Serve with humility and excellence.
    …but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. Mark 10:43 NKJV

  • Nurture genuine relationships. You get to give, not give to get.
    Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 NIV

  • Provide value with truthfulness. Your words move and matter.
    Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23 NLT

  • Promote gratitude and grace. A thankful heart is a soft heart. Only hard hearts are breakable.
    In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV

  • Look for wisdom and accept guidance. Learning from others’ mistakes without having to make them yourself is a valuable lesson and time saver.
    If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him, and He will gladly tell you, for He is always ready to give you a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him; He will not resent it. James 1:5 TLB

Pray, plan and practice are the best ways I’ve learned to excel at becoming someone who has the best chance at being an achiever of great things while not losing the joy within the process.

graphic quote with verse Mark 10:27 NLT version

So VAL, (Valued, Amazing Lady) what does it look like for you to take steps toward excelling in the areas of achievement and contentment? More importantly, how do you know when it’s enough?

finding the focus to harmonize achievement & contentment right there with ya,

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Deana looking up from her Prioritized Focus Planner

I’d love to help you find your Prioritized Focus!

Here are 3 places you can go right now to get started:

  1. My book, You’re A Beautiful MESSterpiece –> Click here to learn more
  2. The Focus Shop for lots of resources –> Click here to check it out
  3. Work directly with me, have me train or speak at your next event or retreat –> Click here to learn more

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