I’m a lover of a good quote. I often post quotes that inspire, uplift and make me think about something in a new and more powerful way. So when for the first time I read “Success is a Journey, not a Destination” I thought yes of course. I understand that the idea is; to know that it’s not just the end result that is important but also the process. What we do to strive for, face and even overcome on any journey towards success at something is intrinsically valuable. Sometimes you may not achieve what is considered success yet in the striving for it you have achieved something often omitted or not even considered on the road to success. The doing is also an achievement. In some instances success is viewed as a goal only one person can reach, or that you need to be first to have succeeded. Some even feel they are a failure if they come second not recognizing the value of the journey they took and the process of ‘having a go.’ All this I understand about the quote “Success is a Journey, not a Destination.” And perhaps you have your own insights that you can add to mine.
Words are Powerful. Success is a journey. A factor often overlooked and not validated enough is that it is ALSO a destination. All journeys have a destination as part of the concept of a journey. For to journey is to move, to go, to travel from one place to another. To get to our designated destination we choose the way we wish to go, the things we need to take with us, how we will travel and what we need to do along the way towards our successful journey completion.
Let us not replace one false concept with another. To believe that reaching the destination is the only measure of success is not fully accurate. To replace that belief with another, that the destination is not important, is equally mistaken. A journey for journeys sake can be fun and often is. Then clearly your targeted ‘destination’ is a journey with many destinations. For all journeys have stops along the way, otherwise we can become weary, anxious and even exhausted. Most of the truly ‘fun’ journeys are the ones we choose the destination we wish to visit. The journey’s end wish you choose to arrive at. Once we get there; What joy! What bliss! Aiming for something that we value as a success target is important and motivating.
To journey on simply seeing the journeying as our success is not enough for me. I want to reach a destination and know that I have achieved a goal, a milestone or an aim I set myself. And yes I have had times earlier on where I would feel a failure if I hadn’t reached a target I set or ones others had set for me. It took me my life’s journey into ‘senior hood’ to recognize the value of the journey. Oh boy! And what joyous value insight it is for me, this journey called life. All of it. The good, the bad and the ugly. Yet I still value the destination and the many destinations I have been to. Each destination had within it a wonderful journey. And each destination reached came with it invaluable personal insightful success.
So enjoy the journey, knowing to be on it, in it and moving along it is filled with success opportunities. To keep journeying is success in itself. However the destination is equally important. For in and along any journey there is a destination, a end point, a finality to the journey; be it short or long. That also has intrinsic value. Reaching your destination is also a success. Know too that sometimes along the journey towards one destination we can end up at another more preferred destination. That too is a success outcome. One of the unexpected surprises in life.
What if it’s not so much the journey or the destination but recognizing what is success?
And there in lies another tale………
Dr. Elizabeth Conway.