Everyone wants to be successful, at least everyone that I know. It is hard to find someone who does not have some sort of ‘success idea’ drilled into their head. For most of us success is a predetermined destination in form of a goal, achievement, fame, money or even getting to a certain location.
Maybe it’s time to shift our perception of this. ‘Success is a journey, not a destination’, I read this quote the other day and I found myself agreeing with it. Does that make sense? Do you really find the feeling of success in the journey and not at the destination?
When we were born our journey began and since then we have had a string of success and failures. If you have ever had the chance to see someone grow up from a baby into an adult then you have also had the chance to witness their success and failures. When a baby is learning how to walk, almost everyone who loves the baby is excited and the baby’s entire mental focus is on walking. After failing for what seems like a thousand times, they finally learn how to walk. But the excitement of that success will only last for a day or two before it wears off. People (and the baby it seems) where more excited about the process. After they learn how to walk they move on to a harder task and then to another and the entire process will repeat itself. One success leads you to another, walking will lead to running, talking will enable you to learn how to read then write.
It is exactly the same with adults. Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook is considered a major success and yet they are still trying to achieve new higher heights. Their success journey has not ended. Bill gates’ is a financial success and yet Microsoft is still being improved on. Football teams don’t stop winning trophies no matter how many of them they have won.
It is easy to get swallowed up in our accomplishments and therefore just sit back and forget how much more there is left to do. What is more important than keep moving on after failure, is to keep moving on after achieving success. The Journey still continues.
I remember at one point in my life obtaining a high school qualification was the most important thing in my life, but once achieved that, it faded. So I moved on to my next challenge.
THAT is the journey.
In each tiny goal that we achieve to reach our final goal we find a measure of success that we should learn how to enjoy.
Success isn’t a final goal, but a lifestyle that you keep struggling for, no matter what you’ve already accomplished.
We find the feeling of success in the progressive day to day, realisation of pre-determined, pre-planned and personal worthwhile goals.
If you don’t enjoy the journey, the destination won’t be worth it.
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