You Have to Go the Distance to Reach Your Goals

Go the Distance

I was recently coaching an individual who had a personal goal of starting an online business.

He was looking for me to provide an immediate solution to his aspirations. You could say, he wanted a magic bullet.

Frustration set in when I told him that there was not a quick path to success. Rather, reaching the goal would require traveling a long road of work and discipline.

No Easy Paths or Quick Answers

When you are pursuing your goals, there are no quick fixes, short cuts, or easy paths.

You have to do the work. You have to learn the lessons. And you have to pay the price of admission in time and effort.

“There are no shortcuts to your goals. You have to go the distance.” (Tweet this Quote)

Some examples:

  • If you want to run a half (or full) marathon, you have to do the training.
  • If you want a degree, you have to take the classes and do the studying.
  • If you want to start a business, you have to be willing to put in years of work to make it successful.

You need to stop wasting time waiting, because no one is going to simply hand you your dreams.

You need to have discipline and fortitude, because the road is always longer than you first anticipate.

And of course, you must go the distance, because you can’t win a race that you don’t complete. (In the running world, this earns you a DNF… or “Did Not Finish.”)

You Have to Go the Distance

Stop looking for shortcuts or quick fixes for your dreams.

Instead, buckle down and be prepared for a long road to your dreams.

Start today. You can’t finish the race if you never start.

And by all means, enjoy the journey… it’s a beautiful trip.

Question: Are you prepared to “go the distance” to reach your goals? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

4 thoughts on “You Have to Go the Distance to Reach Your Goals

  1. Great point! There are a lot of people who would like to achieve success without putting in the work to get there. There is no substitute for hard work and persistence.

    1. Agreed.

      It always amazes me when people think others have achieved “overnight success.” What they don’t realize is that there are always many years of hard work prior to that success.

  2. Hey Craig, the trouble with success stories is that they leave out the details. When people look at a successful entrepreneur, they usually overlook the years of hard work they put in before they got where they are today. This blog post reminds me of a few martial arts movies. In just a few scenes the hero is transformed from a novice to an expert. While it takes on minutes on screen, it actually takes years or even decades in reality!

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