The truth is that goals accomplished through taking shortcuts are never quite as gratifying as those obtained through hard work, persistence, and dedication. When you know you have earned your success through sheer effort, a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment can be found.
In this age of instant gratification, we are always looking for the quickest way to do anything. It would be great to be able to accomplish every goal you have swiftly, but it’s that bit in-between the idea and the accomplishment, the “Journey,” where life’s lessons reside. It’s the pushing through disappointments and failures, which teaches you determination. It’s the consistency of taking action day in and day out, that teaches you self-discipline and dedication. It’s the growth you experience along the way, the person you must become in order to achieve your goals that will make the biggest impact on your life. Those benefits are the ones that far outweigh any immediate effect from any single goal. It’s those results, obtained from hard work and struggle, along the uneven road toward success, which builds self-confidence and self-esteem.
The lessons of life needed for personal growth, all lie on the road paved by hard work. A deep sense of pride, for which no one can take away, can be found after you have achieved your goals through much effect. That is something instant success can never truly provide.
So the next time you think you have found a shortcut to your success, know that anything truly worth achieving has none. True success does not happen overnight, it’s a road paved by mastery. The road to accomplishing your goals and dreams will be a long and bumpy one, but don’t get discouraged by that fact. Stay patient, stay persistent, stay positive, and most of all enjoy the journey! Knowing that you accomplished your goals and dreams through hard work will make them all that much more satisfying in the end.