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Success is not always winning

“Success is not about always winning. It’s about never giving up” – Author Unknown.  

Well, I actually first saw today’s quote on a motivational poster in Spanish, and unfortunately, I don’t know the author of these beautiful words.  “El exito no està  en vencer siempre sino en no rendirse nunca”, but I truly believe them. No matter how difficult the path is, with willpower and determination, no matter how many times you fail, you can find a way to succeed.

Redefining Success

 

Personally, I believe we need to re-define “success” – as a journey (full of failures!), rather than simply an end point where our goal is met. So many people consider “success” and “winning to be equal, while I believe they are only complementary.

I’ve failed many, many times (take my first try at running my own business to sell business card holders, my 8 month super-intensive job search in the UK which only lead to temporary positions, and my current struggle to achieve my fitness goals despite following strict plans, for example).

 

What is Winning?

 

For me, winning is when progress happens.  Happiness comes with progress, with a view to the future and present progress. Some people argue that you have to be happy with the process, and not be too focused on  accomplishing your goal.  However,  I believe there is more to it than that.  So that you can be happy with the process, you need to see progress in the process.

Success is accomplishing a goal, happiness happens on the journey, and winning is progressing.  What do you think?

 

The Failure vs. Success Chart

 

So, I have to share a chart I found out about in a webinar I went to this week. It’s by Douglas Karr, the creator of Martech.  Actually, I don’t have too much to say about it, other than – what a great visual!

Failure vs. Success Chart

 

On “Laziness” & Willpower

So, over the last week, I’ve realized I need to redefine laziness, too. Often, I say I don’t understand laziness and how people can sometimes be de-motivated, but I don’t think that’s true.  In fact, over the past week I’ve realized it’s a lack of determination and willpower that I have trouble understanding.  What makes some people PUSH forward towards their goals, even when they lose hope, even when it seems like nothing is working?  Why do others quit? Why do some believe success is possible, and others don’t?

If you missed last week’s post on my own personal nemesis (the goal that at times seems hopeless,  no matter what strategy I try or how hard I work) you can check it out here.  However, I will keep going. No matter what.

Really, I’d love to know if willpower and determination are personality traits, or attitudes.  I’d love to believe it’s the latter.

Well, that’s my short food for thought for this Monday.  Please comment below and let me know what your thoughts are – I absolutely love hearing from all of you!

 

Have a lovely and productive Monday!

Sapna

 

 

P.S. Photo fans, the main photo in today’s post (and poster!) is one I took  in Mont Royal park, Montreal while I was doing my PGCE at McGill University in 2011.


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