Achieving success is a lot like walking up a ladder — a very, very tall and slippery ladder. We start the climb with a burst of energy and are usually able to maintain a good pace for a decent amount of time. But then our limitations kick in and we begin to feel a soreness in our forearms. After a while longer, our knees being to wobble and our ankles start to give. We slip.
If we’re quick and smart about it, we catch ourselves a few steps down. If we are less lucky, we slip to the bottom…sometimes, sad to say, never to attempt the climb to the summit again. Endurance is the name of the game and the men or women that are patient and focused enough to push themselves forward continually are the ones that are most likely to be successful.
We all know that being successful — reaching our goals — is not an easy task. Anyone who has attempted such a feat understands all too well just how tall that ladder is and how slippery it can get, especially when it rains. The ladder itself poses an optical illusion; while at the bottom, the peak of the ladder seems not too far off, however, as we begin to climb and climb, we notice that the goal rarely seems to be getting any closer. Although we are constantly climbing, putting one arm and leg ahead of the other, the distance between us and where we want to be seems fixed — the goal unattainable.