Getting to where we desire to be is never easy. It requires sacrifice, focus, risk, and belief. The road we need to travel to realize our dreams has no shortcuts, no express lanes, and no clearly defined route. The only clarity we bring to our journey is the vision we have of our success.
The only obstacle we face on this journey is our willingness to take paths we would rather avoid than face. Making a commitment to live the life we desire offers no shortcuts. This does not mean we don’t look for them — we often do. It would be great if we could find a detour or shortcut around the most difficult, challenging part of our journey.
It is those difficult stretches, where success is seemingly blocked by adversity, that makes our journey a success. We cannot succeed at anything exceptional without working hard at it. Adversity provides the lessons we are not willing to teach ourselves.
I have witnessed multiple experiences watching my son Brandon struggle in his addictive state to make the difficult decisions in his life. The more he avoided the hard ones, the more he struggled to find his path through recovery. While the situations in our lives are different, the same can be said about our difficult assignments and steps toward change and accomplishment — they cannot be avoided. In our success and accomplishment in dealing with these challenges comes inspiration, confidence, and experience in facing the next one.
There will be difficult and challenging paths on our road to accomplishment. They will not always be fun, easy, or readily exciting. Future, sustainable momentum is directly linked to our willingness to have the wisdom and commitment to face those challenges and create a positive outcome from them. It is from there we celebrate our accomplishment and develop the confidence to keep moving.