When the topic of success comes up, the conversation quickly moves to things like goals and planning, time management and productivity, and stress management and motivation.
The interesting thing is, don't we all know a lot of people who have had goals and done nothing with them, or has their days planned to a 't,' yet is always late to things, or people who sound like they are motivated, but never end up moving to the next step.
Even more interesting is that we all know people who seem to just routinely find success within their lives. They always seem to be positive and motivated, they get things done and, even when things go poorly, they bounce back quickly and move to the next thing with optimism.
This is why, I believe, it's not about the goal-setting skills or the tools being used. What sets people apart from the pack is one thing - where they are on the track.
Here are three types of people who begin at the starting line, and an explanation of why some end up successful over and over again, while others do not.
The first type of person is the one who starts when the pistol fires, and doesn't stop. They may slow down, start walking, or even stop to catch a breath, but they continue moving forward and eventually get to the finish line. They always finish the races they start.
The second type of person is the one who starts (maybe even strongly), but at some point, they stop. Their habit is to start and stop, start and stop, start and stop. They never finish the races they start. Not only do they never reach the finish line, but they end up doing a ton more work than they ever needed to do! They run half way every time and then stop and have to start over again. Because of that, after two half starts, they would have covered enough ground to be at the finish line if they had just stuck with it. But they're not. Instead, they are back at the starting line (again), running the same distance (again). If they had just kept going any of those times, they'd be exactly where they want to be...but they didn't and they won't.
The third type of person is the one who sits at the starting line and tells themselves they can't do it because they are "not a runner" or "not very fast." They never cross the starting line, let alone the finish line, because they have already falsely convinced themselves that they will never succeed. So, they decide not to even try.
The type of person you are determines whether or not you will find success with anything.
Which type are you? Which do you want to be? Once you've answered the second question, get to the starting line and take the first step. (Then, don't stop!)