Success Can Never Happen Without The Journey (Struggle)

success is a journey

We often heard the phrase, “Success is not a destination, but a journey”. Every time when I watch sports like a badminton match, it makes me think how much the players have evolved and improved to win the championship. I’m a badminton fan, by the way.

In sports, regardless of what sport it is, the athletes have to train himself or herself every day to improve in order for them to win the game. The training can be easy like running, lifting weights, etc., but what is difficult is the repetition.

Professional athletes train the fundamentals until they can’t get it wrong. They train and master the basics. Like what Bruce Lee has to say:

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

To be successful and achieve extraordinary results in your field, you must learn to master the basic, train, and improve yourself every day.

You have to go through the repetition each day. Like blogging, writing an article is not that difficult. But if you have to write 2,000 words every day, regardless of whether you like it or not, it becomes difficult.

Does success really require struggle?

It depends on how you look at it. I believe that success is not that difficult, but what is truly difficult is maintaining your composer, showing up every day, and stick to your plan even when you don’t feel like doing it.

That’s what makes success difficult. The action itself is not that difficult. But the process over long-term can be a struggle.

And most people fail to reach their goals and live their dream life because they give up somewhere along the journey.

They lose their motivation and they lose their interest in their goals. And eventually, they stop taking action altogether.

Never let this happen to you. You have to understand that success is the journey, not the results.

To become successful, you have to take the journey that will transform who you are. If you don’t change, you will continue to stick to your old habits, behaviors, and mindsets. You will continue to do what you always did, and get the same old results.

In order to achieve greatness in life, you need to go through metamorphosis…

You need to go through metamorphosis

I love the word, “metamorphosis” because it sounds cool. If you look it up in the dictionary, metamorphosis means:

“Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal’s body structure through cell growth and differentiation.”

It is a biological process that transforms an animal. And you will have to go through metamorphosis to grow yourself into someone successful too.

I like how Harv Eker, the best-selling author of Secrets of The Millionaire Mind puts it. He said that if you want to achieve success, you must up your level.

Imagine you’re playing games. Your character is at level 3 and you face an enemy at level 5. Guess what, it will become a tough fight for you because your level if low. But what if you work hard, gain experience, and get to a higher level say level 8? The same enemy at level 5 will become an easy fight for you.

This is exactly what is happening in our lives. All the problems and challenges we face in life have their own difficulties.

For people who have never solve any $10,000 problem before, they will think that it is a huge problem and they feel stress about it. But the same problem will be a small problem for a billionaire.

Whenever you increase your level, you become stronger, better, and faster. You gain better experience and when you face challenges, they will become a small issue for you.

This is why metamorphosis is important. This is why you have to work on yourself and improve yourself to become better and better each day.

Success is about becoming the best version of yourself

Yes, success is about becoming the best version of yourself. It is about challenging yourself to do the work, consistently, day-in and day-out, regardless of whether you feel like doing it or not.

That’s what will make you successful.

Most people give up because it takes too much work and repetition. Only those who are truly committed are willing to put in the hard work, take consistent action, and improve themselves to become better and better each day.

You have to do the same. Without being consistent and without upgrading yourself, you can never become someone who is worthy of success.

You have to understand this hard truth:

“Winners and losers have the same goal.”

Every blogger wants to build a successful blog. Every Olympian wants to win a gold medal. Every entrepreneur wants to build a successful business.

It is not about the goal. It is about what you do that truly counts. It is whether you put in the consistent work that will differentiate you and the rest of your competitors that truly matter.

When you put in the additional effort by sticking to your plan, you are getting one step closer toward your goal and dream. And that is all that matter. And of course, you have to do it consistently, every day.

An athlete cannot become a champion if he trains for just one week and stops for another. A blogger cannot be successful if he publishes 10 articles this month, takes a rest for the next few months, and then continue again.

It is the habit and consistency that count, my friend.

If you want to be successful, you have to maintain your composure and stick to your plan. Take action even when you don’t feel like it.


It is 7:30 AM right now and it is a Sunday. Most people are still sleeping but I’m up writing this article. I’m not trying to say that you should do what I do. But I’m trying to tell you that to be successful, you have to upgrade yourself and constantly challenge yourself to become someone better.

It is what you do that separates you from others. If you do what everyone else is doing, you will end up becoming like everyone else.

Thus, choose to do something different. Choose success.

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