It is very easy to get caught up in visions and dreams forgetting that the end-point is actually but a small fraction of the big picture. In the words of Arthur Ashe, “Success is a journey, NOT a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome”. It is human nature to long for something but not want to put in the work to get our desired end-product. Unfortunately, even when we do choose to put in the work, it is only for the sole purpose of getting the desired outcome, simply neglecting all that the process has to offer.
Success doesn’t come overnight, it takes time and requires honest effort. It is very hard to put in the effort that is needed when we are being narrow minded. There are small victories to be won on the journey to success but we won’t see them as victories if we are so obsessed with what we’ve considered to be the be all and end all. Of course, the journey isn’t going to be easy and yes, keeping the ultimate goal in mind does help push and propel you to keep going, but this often makes the journey a drag. We have to learn to embrace the journey, meaning enjoy every bit of it, even the moments you hate.
The journey to success is a part of the journey of life. I personally like to think they are intertwined because you don’t just want professional success, you want all around success, in every area. On this journey, you discover who you are, you learn new, amazing and fascinating things. You meet some great people and some are there throughout while others leave at certain points and that is completely ok.
Many of us, if not all of us, embark on this journey to success not knowing why or how or if we can even achieve this dream that we have set out for. Then on the journey we are faced with obstacles that cause us to fear and to worry, so we keep reminding ourselves about that dream and try to find another way to make it work. Instead of taking that route, how about you turn that fear into freedom? Take that obstacle head on, and so what if you fail a couple of times, there is no success without failure. With every failure, there is a lesson to be learned. Take what you learn from one failure and manipulate it to overcome the next obstacle. Learn to turn your weaknesses into strengths. That’s really what the journey is all about. It’s shaping and molding you into who you are meant to be, and equipping you with all the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your dream, but this is only possible if you embrace the journey in its entirety.
Sadly, we have come to the end of our series: “Major Keys to Success” and I really hope that you were able to grab at least one thing from this series. I wish you all the best on your individual journeys to success. You are more than capable of achieving your dreams. You have all the “Major Keys” now, so just trust the process and remember: find something to believe in (faith), know who your real supporters are, and always embrace the journey, even the ugly details.