"Success is not a destination, it's a journey" - Zig Ziglar
I marvel at this quote because it makes one humble to know that success is not an actual attainment but continuous effort towards fulfillment. The joy of success does not lie in achieving a goal but after achieving one, then setting another. Little wonder organizations today recognize that their sure source of competitiveness is not in the number of sky scrappers they own but in the leverage of their intangible assets (people and relationships) towards continuous improvement.
You know when you are about setting on a journey, you pack your bags ensuring nothing important or critical to your journey is left behind. We often go like this: Passport - check; ticket - check; cash - check etc. For the journey to be successful, there are stuffs we must check before we leave home or perhaps board the vehicle. I reckon such is life too. As we go on the journey, from one junction to the other, we must continuously do the check exercise to ensure we'd be safe on the trip. I have highlighted some important checks that I reckon should be done at each junction.
Yes! We must always do a purpose check. In a journey without purpose is "...time has no meaning, efforts have no reason and life has no precision" - Myles Munroe. Lets say you are at the junction of a job hunt, an application for admission into a school, or a commitment to a lifelong relationship, do a good check by asking if what you are about to enter into coincides with your purpose. If you have not discovered your purpose for life, be sure to find it, only then would like have a meaning to you.
The second most important check in my books is the Love check. The truth is, it is only what you are in love with that you'd be able to make sacrifices for. My advice along our journey to success is to always make the love check. What your heart is committed to, your entire soul, spirit and body would join in. When everything fails, only love remains. When stress beclouds a life, love is the only ray that makes the effort worth it. It is what you are in love with that you are not shy or scared to claim responsibility for. Don't leave that junction without this check.
I do not think I am the only one that hates to invest my time into something without promise. Even if you are unable to assess the future relevance of that thing now, make sure you are convinced within that it has a tomorrow. The significance of this is an intestinal fortitude to carry on even in the face of difficulties. Whatever you cannot hope in is soon gone even before you start. When the world says, "Give up", Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
It's never too late to begin the check... Do your checks and make the right decisions. You are already a success!
- Le Dynamique Professeur