I’ve read a lot of material about setting goals. Many experts talk about SMART goals; goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. A few people invest time in listing their goals, following the advice given by those who are experts in the field. These eager individuals start strong, vowing to apply themselves and achieve results. They celebrate small successes (something that is important when working towards goals), and initially, move enthusiastically towards their desired results.
At the beginning of the journey, these individuals are committed to accomplish the things they want. Initially, you see the hustle and bustle of their activity, and you feel the energy they exude. However, if you continue to view the crowd, it thins. With the passing of time, some waver, quit or turn back. What started as excitement, turns into drudgery. What started as a commitment (something that takes time and energy) now serves as a burden. What started as an “I can” attitude has slipped into an “I can’t” or “I don’t want to” attitude.
Amazingly, many give up before reaching the destination. What happened to the initial drive? What happened to the desire for change? What made them quit on themselves?
It became clear to me that many people can work towards success for a short burst of time, but if they aren’t true winners, they will disappear from the scene. Time has a way of weeding out the sincere from the insincere. It will move the lazy and uncommitted off the path. It has a way of showcasing winners, those who were initially hidden by the crowd and its noise. It allows the committed to rise to the top. They may trudge along the path slowly, but there is a consistency in their steps. As years pass, you will see them perfecting their crafts, reaching heights that quitters never see.
If you have started, give yourself credit; that alone puts you above many. But if you really want to be successful, starting is not enough. You must keep going until you reach your destination. Remember, it’s not a crime to fall and stumble along the way, the crime is quitting before you reach your desired result.