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How to Get There From Here

Long roadWith any project the idea is to get from where you are now to where you want to be. We all understand that, but sometimes we don’t act like this is the case.

How many times have you looked at your situation and wished that it could be instantly different? Or looked at a competitor and wanted what they have? Sometimes we will see someone seemingly have an overnight success and wonder how they managed it.

One Step at a Time

The thing is no matter if there seem to be immediate results for others, or if your results take time, in all cases there has been a journey from A to B. Some people start out closer to their goal but there is always a journey and there are no magic wands.

If you want to succeed with any project you have to first understand that you have to travel the distance. You have to work out the steps that are required and then follow them. People think they can teleport, they look for short-cuts, secret tricks and cut corners.

Stay on Track

A lot of the time when people do not succeed it is because they didn’t stick on the journey they set out on. People start one journey then switch to what looks like an easier or more fun route. One day they are going to be a day trader, the next they are going to me doing affiliate marketing, no – wait, FaceBook applications …

Imagine if this was a real journey. You would obviously never arrive at a destination because you are constantly turning around or changing direction. The traveling would only end when you were too tired to go on.

Don’t Give Up

When you are on a real journey you don’t give up half way. You at least try to get somewhere. Yes, you might stop for a breather. Have a rest, gather your thoughts. But you head on back out until you get where you intended to be.

A lot of this is confidence. Knowing that you can and will get there. Not allowing doubt to cloud your mind, and being willing to accept help when required.

Sometimes Journeys Take Time

“Are we there yet?”

Half the benefit to any kind of travel is what you see and experience on the way. Each journey leads to the next. We build on experience and we gain experience by doing. It is one thing to read about another’s travels, quite another to experience it for yourself. With this mindset a long journey can be a joy not a chore.

Also journeys are often made up of smaller trips. You can tell you are making progress by the milestones and landmarks you pass. Each is an achievement in itself.

Not All Journeys are Plain Sailing

There will be speed bumps, hills and obstacles. That is not the universe conspiring against you, just how it is sometimes. Just keep going then when you look back you will have the satisfaction of knowing you overcome everything that was put in your path.

Summary

Before you set out on your journey you need to know where you are going.

  • Where is it you want to be?
  • How far are you from your destination?
  • What are the steps you need to make to get there?
  • Can you take the first step today?
  • How will you know when you are there?

Whatever it is you want to achieve, make a deal with yourself that you will start your journey today.

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  1. Great post.

    I heard an interview of Sir Edmund Hillary a few days ago, and he commented that there were many failed attempts on Everest before his first success, but that once it was proved to be possible many others followed successfully.

    Many people give up because they lose faith.

  2. Great post.

    I heard an interview of Sir Edmund Hillary a few days ago, and he commented that there were many failed attempts on Everest before his first success, but that once it was proved to be possible many others followed successfully.

    Many people give up because they lose faith.

  3. Super article! I heartily agree, and I’m often among those who switch roads far too often. Thanks for this bit of encouragement to keep on track!

  4. Super article! I heartily agree, and I’m often among those who switch roads far too often. Thanks for this bit of encouragement to keep on track!

  5. Hi Chris,
    I have been thinking a lot about this. I often am snagged by some bright shiny thing on the road. But I press on.

    Don’t worry, I am not going to forex bond trade or anything. I’m talking about something more mundane. But isn’t money mundane? Anyway…

    Right now I think really more of my time should be spent concentrating on the magagazine market then online job stuff. I am fine tuning everything, and I think it takes time, especially since this is my first year freelancing.

    I need to be kind to myself. Not expect too much.

  6. Hi Chris,
    I have been thinking a lot about this. I often am snagged by some bright shiny thing on the road. But I press on.

    Don’t worry, I am not going to forex bond trade or anything. I’m talking about something more mundane. But isn’t money mundane? Anyway…

    Right now I think really more of my time should be spent concentrating on the magagazine market then online job stuff. I am fine tuning everything, and I think it takes time, especially since this is my first year freelancing.

    I need to be kind to myself. Not expect too much.

  7. Thanks for this nice and short article.I strongly agree with you about what you have say in this article. I have done most bad things mentioned in this article. In the beginning of my university life I want to become a Java guru, But after 1 and half I move to C (going backwards in the time line of PLs). But I think that’s good decision, because now I am a Apache committer for Axis2/C web services engine project. But still I tend to move from one technology to another, from C to Python, Python to JavaScript (AJAX), again to C. Currently I am in my final semester of undergraduate life. In my final year I want to become a blogger. I start several blogs, but nothing succeeds. At my las semester I found the Yaro’s entrepreneurs-journey .com and through it I found lot of great blog like yours. That changed my style. Now I am focusing on only specific areas.
    Thanks for your great articles and Killer Flagship Content guide.

  8. Thanks for this nice and short article.I strongly agree with you about what you have say in this article. I have done most bad things mentioned in this article. In the beginning of my university life I want to become a Java guru, But after 1 and half I move to C (going backwards in the time line of PLs). But I think that’s good decision, because now I am a Apache committer for Axis2/C web services engine project. But still I tend to move from one technology to another, from C to Python, Python to JavaScript (AJAX), again to C. Currently I am in my final semester of undergraduate life. In my final year I want to become a blogger. I start several blogs, but nothing succeeds. At my las semester I found the Yaro’s entrepreneurs-journey .com and through it I found lot of great blog like yours. That changed my style. Now I am focusing on only specific areas.
    Thanks for your great articles and Killer Flagship Content guide.

  9. But if you REALLY want to get from to There from Here it will be about 826 kilometers and 7 hours and 46 minutes of drive time.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&saddr=here&daddr=there+79170&mra=pe&mrcr=0&sll=45.863902,6.164356&sspn=0.118821,0.246506&ie=UTF8&z=7

  10. But if you REALLY want to get from to There from Here it will be about 826 kilometers and 7 hours and 46 minutes of drive time.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&saddr=here&daddr=there+79170&mra=pe&mrcr=0&sll=45.863902,6.164356&sspn=0.118821,0.246506&ie=UTF8&z=7

  11. Thank you for a great post Chris!

    We often tend to get distracted by something a little more “fun” than we are currently doing, or some new idea. However, in the long run it is always persistence and smart work that pays off.

    Self-discipline is not the easiest when you work from a home office but I will keep in mind the picture of the long long road and the 3 steps are already on my whiteboard!

    Looking forward to more posts!

  12. Thank you for a great post Chris!

    We often tend to get distracted by something a little more “fun” than we are currently doing, or some new idea. However, in the long run it is always persistence and smart work that pays off.

    Self-discipline is not the easiest when you work from a home office but I will keep in mind the picture of the long long road and the 3 steps are already on my whiteboard!

    Looking forward to more posts!