Earl Nightingale wrote:
Success is not a destination but a journey. Anyone who is on course toward a worthy goal is successful. Success does not lie in the achievement of a goal but in its pursuit. Success is a journey!
As a coach, I’ve had many conversations with my clients about success: what does it mean to them? What will they be able to do when they’ve achieved it? Who will they be? What impact will it have on others?
However, it’s not just about the destination. Like Nightingale says, we see success as a journey. Together we plot out the client’s route and we mark out the milestones along the way so that we can notice the small successes on the way. When we meet, we check progress against our map and see if the client has had to divert around obstacles or maybe has drifted a little off course. It’s all about the journey.
Some journeys are more enjoyable with others. Some friends of ours came to see us last week, got snarled up in traffic and travelled only forty-five miles in three hours on the motorway. That sounds pretty hideous, doesn’t it? Rather than feel sorry for themselves, they made it more enjoyable by stopping for coffee and listening to audio books.
Our challenge is to enjoy the stages of our journey to our goal. Whether we’re just starting out or have been travelling a while, what can we do to see this stage as a part of our success? You have tasks ahead of you today: you can see them as dull admin that just has to be done or a small step on the journey. Noticing that everything we do is progress towards our goal can help us enjoy the journey.
Today’s pebble for your consideration: how can you enjoy your journey?
What do you think?
Turning over pebbles is the blog of Thinking Space Coaching.
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