Success: You Can’t Get There from Here

Dear Diary

“I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” ~Jerome K. Jerome

“If at first, you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.” ~Steven Wright

          “I work for myself, which is fun. Except when I call in sick, I know I’m lying.”         ~Rita Rudner

“What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.” ~Arthur Conan Doyle

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien

Neptune is 2,700,000,000 miles away, but that’s nothing compared to the distance between Setting Goals and Accomplishing Them. I know because I’ve set some ambitious goals for myself this year, and there doesn’t seem to be enough fuel in my spaceship to get there. So now what? These suggestions at Real Life Counseling are a helpful reminder. “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” This also applies to setting goals:

  • What is the first step you can take?
  • What resources do you have at your disposal?
  • Who can you call for help? Who can you help?
  • Who can you ask to hold you accountable? Maybe a coach?
  • What is the clear time frame you need to be successful in this first step? 1 day, 1 week?

“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time.” ~Joe Girard

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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37 Responses to Success: You Can’t Get There from Here

  1. “Three men in a boat” ahh! High school was good.
    I try to enjoy the task in order to complete it. Works most of the time.

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  2. CG says:

    Wise words. BTW glad to see quote by Rita Rudner, a hilarious woman with mo cursing.

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  3. Wonder why there’s no song about an elevator to heaven? Stairway seems to be the metaphorical way of getting there, one diliberate step at a time.

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  4. So. I needed this nudge.

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  5. Gail Perry says:

    Crafting a Rule of Life, à la St. Benedict, is my first step. Yes, I’ve started. I’m reading about it! One step at a time

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  6. #hood says:

    do you write this, i bet you can write to 100, on pen & paper?

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  7. gpavants says:


    Goals are great. I wish was in the right frame of mind to think about goals. Even little steps.

    Thank you,


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  8. I have a goal to get a novella published by the end of next month! 🤪 I like what Rita Rudner said about working for oneself. 😆

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  9. I don’t think I’ll take up skydiving this year.

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  10. usfman says:

    A core question with goals as I see it would be are you doing them for yourself or to please others?

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  11. My spaceship seems to be out of fuel. January is almost done and I haven’t yet resumed work on my writing project that I put on hold back in March 2021 😦

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  12. Tiaa says:

    Wow, Joe Girard said it all. At times we feel like if I start this am on successful road but it’s not that easy.

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  13. ejstoo says:

    Some cute quotes 🙂

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  14. trE says:

    Thank you for this, Mitch. I don’t know about eating an elephant, though. LOL. Love the metaphor!

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  15. Todd R says:

    Steven Wright is my favorite comedian ever!
    This isn’t his line, but I like “why put off until tomorrow what you can put off until the day after tomorrow?” Unfortunately that’s been the motto for my writing all too often recently.

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  16. Mitch, I like to think I’m on the ESCALATOR of success. This way when it breaks there’s a set of stairs ready made. “Just don’t start stepping down,” I tell myself. Now, what to do with this giant suitcase.🧳

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  17. revruss1220 says:

    I really like that. Especially the Joe Girard quote at the end. There are enough people looking for the elevator to justify its own section in Barnes and Noble.

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  18. Thanks Mitch. The quotes made me smile. January for me is new financial targets. I look at the figure required and think how will that be and could feel defeated before I start. I get to the end of the month and I’ve made some progress in, so it’s less than it was at the start. Even if it’s a little decrease I’m on my way to that target.

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  19. murisopsis says:

    Very timely as we approach that moment of truth when too many give up on their new year’s resolutions….

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  20. This post is great for those who see their New Year’s resolutions in the rear view mirror. God bless, Mitch!

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  21. Nancy Ruegg says:

    “The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places”–Unknown. Sound like you’re humming along, Mitch–one mile at a time. No parking places for you! Thank you for those astute questions from Real Life Counseling.

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  22. Zao May says:

    That’s good. It shall keep me moving. One step at a time. You are right. All the anxieties and worries about getting started will evanesce the moment we make the first step.

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