A Lesson About Success and How Long it Actually Takes

A Lesson About Success and How Long it Actually Takes

I want to come to you today with a message that I wish I had learned or understood a lot earlier in my journey and how long it takes to have success.

It is going to take longer than you think.

Whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish, if you’re trying to build a business, if you’re trying to gain your freedom, if you have a specific goal in mind that you want to achieve, if you have a lifestyle or a vision that you want to build, it is going to take longer than you think.

That’s the first thing. You need to be ready and willing to commit a longer period of time than you think it’s going to take. You have to have an attitude of you’re going to continue working absolutely full tilt on it until you succeed, and not give it a deadline.

It’s one thing to set goals. It’s another thing to set a limit to what you’re willing to do. It’s important to set goals, but if you have a big vision, a big dream, something you want to achieve, to earn your freedom, it’s going to take longer than you think.

I think it was Tony Robbins that said;

‘Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and way underestimate what they can accomplish in five years.


So, it’s not going to be a matter of six months and you’re free. For most of you, It’s not going to be a matter of 12 months and you’re free. It’s going to be a matter of a couple of years at least to obtain the goals that you want to obtain. Be aware of that.

If this concept bothers you, it’s going to take even longer

Here’s something else that I’ve learned. And I learned it the hard way. If the concept that it’s going to take you longer than you think bothers you, and if you’re struggling with that concept, it’s going to take you even longer. Just saying, that’s the reality of it.

Keep going until you reach your goals

The sooner that you accept that and get it into your head that it’s a long journey the better. It is a decision you’re making to keep going until you achieve the success that you want in your business or in your life. So whatever it is that you’re trying to achieve; your weight loss, your personal goals, remember that most of us, as human beings, tend to shrink the timeline when the reality is it takes longer than we think.

Does it take eons longer than we think? No, but it does that a while, and if we struggle with that concept, if we’re not willing to accept it, then what we do is we start looking over our shoulder. We start checking for results too early in the process and moving our focus onto our benchmarks and our results as opposed to our activity.

Keep your focus on your activity

Keep your focus on where you’re going. You can’t measure results instantaneously. Your path to success is not a linear path. Overnight success is pretty much built over a period of years, depending on what the goals are.

There’s going to be ups and downs. You can’t just keep looking over your shoulder. You have to be willing to accept it’s going to take time. You have to get your head focused on saying

‘I’m working until I succeed. I’m going to stay in it. I’m going to stay in the game.

Here’s a great analogy. Until a plane reaches a certain speed at the end of the runway, it cannot take off. If it is going down the runway and the pilot says, ‘Well, you know, I’m not sure if this is going to work or not,’ and he backs off of the throttle, he’s going to have a problem at the end of that runway. He’s got to be going full tilt, reach lift off speed, and then pull up. If he’s playing with the throttle through the process, if he’s looking behind him going, ‘Gee, are we going fast enough?’ it’s not going to work out so well.

So, it’s going to take longer than you think to reach whatever goal you want to achieve. Just accept it and embrace it, because the sooner you do that the sooner you shorten the curve. Otherwise your habits will cause it to take even longer, if you ever even get there.

It took me a long time to learn this, and I hope this helps you and maybe hits you the right way today.

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About the Author Jason

Jason is a 3rd generation network marketer and founder of Network Marketing Accelerator. He and his family are collaboratively responsible for generating a multiple 7-figure income in their network marketing businesses. A coach and mentor to hundreds of successful business owners across multiple verticals, Jason is also a co-founder of OuterBox Solutions, a premier eCommerce Web Design firm.