Success is a Journey
Posted at 21:29:09 by Jacky Leonard
“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be number 1”
I’ve used this quote a lot over the years to support the need for continual improvement. However, the more I revisit it, the more meaning it has for me.
Over the years, you’ve probably seen, or read about elite business or sports people who experience a meteoric rise to success. Most don’t achieve it overnight; in fact, many achieve great things, only to self-sabotage, crash and burn and lose everything. Some stay in the gutter, while others use their failings as feedback and pick themselves up, reconsider and redefine their purpose, identity and values and decide what they need to do in order to get back on track.
In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, self-actualisation sits proudly at the top of the pyramid. However, achieving your greatest ambitions can be dangerous unless they are aligned with who you really are…and you know where you’re going next.
Arthur Ashe, was correct, you can’t all be number 1. You can however, be your best self, if you identify your purpose, align that with those things that matter most to you, then choose behaviours that support you in that journey.
Here’s my take on ‘the journey’:
Know who you are and where you’re heading
Create short, medium and long term goals to use as milestones and checkpoints along the way
Celebrate each and every success, however seemingly insignificant
Reward your effort, as well as your achievements
Be present and focused each and every day
If you are what you consistently do, behave in a manner that is aligned to your purpose and identity
Treat failure as feedback and learn from your mistakes
Practice daily – i.e. taking a step, however small, in the right direction
Enjoy the ride – contrary to the title from one of the James Bond movies, sadly you do only live once
Look positively towards the next horizon
In short…Continuous Improvement = Continued Success