By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination. – Christopher Columbus
There may be truth in the quote above, but what about the quote below?
Success is a journey, not a destination.
I know you’ve heard of the famous saying before, right? From time to time it’s good to look at both sides of an argument to see which one makes more sense.
And that’s what I’m doing with this post. So lets get back to it…
A lot of philosophers, iconic people, famous people, and even bloggers follow this saying as if it’s the truth.
And a lot of them will shout it at the top of their lungs to make sure it’s heard. But who’s to say the opposite isn’t true?
success is not a journey, but it IS a destination.
Why success is NOT a journey
When you first set out to achieve something, you have an aim, a goal, and a target. Just like a dart player has an aim, a goal, and a target.
The dart player isn’t aiming for the journey, and he ain’t interested in the journey either.
The only thing he IS interested in is hitting his target and achieving his goal.
The football player isn’t aiming for the journey either, he could care less about that.
When he’s on the football pitch, the only thing he cares about is REACHING his destination. Which is the other side of the field so he can score a goal.
It’s as simple as that!
The same can be said for me and you. You’re not aiming for the journey, you’re aiming for the destination.
The destination is your:
And until you reach your goal, target and aim, you won’t be truly successful, right? Because in your own eyes you’re not “successful” until you’ve reached the destination.
Once you’ve reached that destination, hit those targets and achieved those goals, you’re successful.
Then from that point on, you’re free to set new targets and aim for a new destination. Sounds logical, right?
Success IS the destination, NOT the journey
While you’re pursuing success you’ll experience setbacks, knock backs, disappointments, failures, and lots of mistakes along the journey.
And while you’re pursuing success you’ll experience 1000 times more failures and mistakes then you will successes.
But once you DO hit the destination, you’ll experience a lot more successes than you will failures.
Because by that point you’ve figured it out, and you know what works and what doesn’t work.
- Some businesses continue to succeed.
- Some business men and women continue to thrive.
- Healthy and fit people continue to stay fit and healthy.
- Athletes continue to be athletic and stay athletic.
- Bloggers continue to write and produce great blog posts.
- Musicians continue to produce great music.
And so on.
Is success really a journey, and not a destination?
It’s true that you’ll have successes along the way, but “success” by definition is the destination, NOT the journey.
The truth is, for the majority of the journey you’re going to be failing. You’ll be making mistakes, experiencing setbacks and lots of disappointments.
And not only that, but when you set your goals, aims, and targets, the only thing you’re interested in is the destination.
You don’t set a goal, an aim, or a target and say “Wow, I can’t wait to experience the journey of getting to the destination”.
Nobody has no interest in that, and neither do I. Though it’s a part of what needs to be done.
Your only interest is getting to the destination, the goal, the aim, and the target. Because that’s the big pay off. You’re only interest is in the reward!
Why people believe success is a journey
A couple of reasons you’d believe success is a journey:
- You’ve heard it quoted many times.
- You haven’t questioned whether it’s true or not.
- Everybody believes it, so you’ve accepted it as truth.
- Famous people have quoted it.
If you believed it you’re not alone, I’m no exception!
Success becomes a journey after you’ve made it
That’s how I see it.
Have you ever heard the quote below?
Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. – Vince Lombardi
That’s what I mean by – success is a journey after you’ve made it.
Because by that point you’re succeeding more often than not, so the majority of your “journey” will be filled with success after success.
But before success can be a journey, you have to reach the destination. There’s no question about it.
Whether success means:
- Getting fit.
- Being healthy.
- Getting rich.
- Having the perfect relationship.
- Producing great music.
It’s all the same. You have to hit the destination before the “journey” can be a successful journey.
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment or sending me an email.