There are many people along the pathway to success that give up. Often times this happens because there is an unrealistic expectation on their part that their desired success will happen quickly. However, as most successful people know, success is a process. Much like the process of childbirth, there is a phase in which the seed is planted. That seed represents the desire or the idea that sparks the individual to pursue that new business venture or goal. Much like the seed planted during conception, it can't be seen by outsiders, it is an internal process. Overtime, that seed grows and the mother grows also. Likewise, as the seed of success begins to grow, the individual grows with it as they adapt to the changes that come about in their lives. However, this is often where things begin to change. The realization of the long process involved in not only giving birth to that seed, but raising and nurturing the child into an adult is realized. It is at this point that some abort their dreams and aspirations.
Some do so out of the fear that they don't have what it takes to sustain the level of success that they desire. Others do so because they don't believe they can afford it. Others may do so because it takes them out of their comfort zone and disrupts their current routine. Regardless of the reasons, they have decided that they don't want to go through the process involved in birthing and nurturing that dream.
I admit that the process of success is sometimes a painful one. Like raising children, it requires a lot of sacrifice. Early mornings, late nights, and a shift in priorities are all typical of the daily routine of a person on the pathway to success. Sometimes resources are low, support is low, and morale is low. However, it is during those times, that one really knows if they are in it for the long haul. Success truly is a marathon and not a sprint. We live in a culture that worships the highly televised victory but fails to show the long, tedious hours of training, nurturing, and developing the skills needed to achieve the level of success that was required to get to that one point.
The truth is, success is about much more that the victory, the childbirth, the celebration, it is a about the journey and the process. That process involves growth and development, maturity, gaining wisdom, gaining strength, learning new skills, meeting new people, overcoming trials, getting back in the game, and much more.
I encourage you on your journey of success to keep going. Remind yourself of the reasons why you started. Adjust your strategies as needed. Get a support system. Seek help from professionals as needed. Don't neglect your seed. As it grows and matures, so will you.
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