Think of someone you deem to be successful. It could be someone you know personally or someone famous.
What part of their success have you seen, witnessed, experienced? The part where they became successful, and afterwards? Or also the part before they became successful?
Most of us only see people’s success and that’s why most people believe in the concept of “overnight success”. Few, usually only those really close to the person, see the whole journey they took, the path they walked before they reached their achievement of success.
I want you to take that person in your mind and re-create their journey to success.
You probably won’t be able to do this in reality as you won’t have access to all the facts and information, so you’ll have to imagine their journey.
However, even through imagining you’ll be able to better grasp the path they may have walked.
Imagine what bumps and obstacles they may have experienced along the way.
Imagine the work and effort they put in in the background.
Imagine the length of time it took them to reach success.
Can you appreciate that no-one ever achieves overnight success and that simply focusing on the final achievement, that you actually miss out on the majority of the journey that got them there?
Do you have a new-found appreciation and admiration for this person?
Can you thank them, in your head, for helping you understand the importance of expressing gratitude every step of the way along your journey and not just when you reach your destination?