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Friday, May 24, 2013

Lean Quote: Stay Motivated, Celebrate Accomplishments Along the Journey

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"Accomplishments will prove to be a journey, not a destination." — Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you want to reach your goal it is important to look at your accomplishments along the way. Most goals have challenges that need to be overcome to be successful. Each hurdle that you overcome gets you one step closer to your goal. Ongoing data analysis and regular celebration of achievement are essential components of the continuous-improvement model. Recognition of successes and refocusing of goals lay the path for moving forward.

If big picture success seems too lofty of a goal, focus on what you can achieve each day. Take time to recall what you accomplished and contributed to the success of the goal. Keep focused on that ultimate goal and you will get there with help along the way.

Instead of waiting to celebrate the final achievement of your objectives, seek small ways to celebrate each little victory. Rewards remind you that you are coming along and achieving your goal. These small rewards will spur you on to more action that will ultimately lead you to the doorstep of the destiny you deserve. Overcoming the challenges in front of you will create a sense of pride and joy in your accomplishments.

Stay motivated and reach your goals by celebrating small achievements along the way and remember to enjoy the process along the journey!

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  1. Tim,

    I enjoyed the post.

    I have a slightly cynical (British) view.

    I am not convinced that making steps towards your goal will automatically result in success. There may well be others making bigger steps faster.

    But what is without doubt is that if you don't make a start it isn't going to happen.

    So the only way to succede at anything is to make a start and keep at it.


    1. I see your point James. I agree with your last line. I think though it is helpful to recognize accomplishments along the way to the goal. It helps rejuvenate you after a frustrating task.