Success is a Journey

Success takes one step at a time

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“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier, a self-help author in the early 20th century, said that.

This is true in the business world. It’s true in life. It’s true in the fitness world.

Let’s use a hypothetical–If you want to set a new personal record for running a 5K, you wouldn’t just decide at the start of a run that you’re suddenly going to shave a minute off of your best time.

It begins with a plan. A layout of how to train in order to get faster. The plan is put into action with many hours of work. Each training session would bring you closer. One day, what started as a goal, would be realized as a success.

Eat an elephant one bite at a time

Weight loss is no different. Each day you eat the right number of calories, and get enough exercise to burn excess fat. Maybe you lose one pound per week.

Small efforts, repeated day in and day out. That one pound per week doesn’t seem like much. Over a year, if you consistently lost that one pound per week, would be 52 pounds. That’s significant. That’s success!

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6 Responses to “Success is a Journey”

  1. S.Strong says:

    The weight loss example is so difficult. It can get discouraging if you only see one pound every week. Not to mention that with hormonal changes every month often causes weight to come back on.

  2. Tom says:

    Weight loss is a long journey. I know that there have been many times that I’ve taken a step or two backwards before charging forward again. But when I look at where I started, and where I am now, I am amazed at how far I’ve come.

  3. Todd says:

    @S.Strong, I understand what you’re saying. It can be discouraging. That was the point of my post. As @Tom mentioned, over the long haul, he is much further along in his journey than he was when he started.

    So often we look at long term goals, but short term history. If anything, I think it would be better to go the opposite way–concentrate on short term goals, and long term history.

  4. Ew. Nasty. You eat elephants.

  5. Todd says:

    Hey, don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it. Elephant ears are the BOMB! :D

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