Everyone travels along some path. There are many roads to choose from. Roads can lead to success, failure, or nowhere. The road you are now on is up to you. If you are not happy where you are headed, select a different road.

Your road to success is based on your definition of success. Traveling along someone else’s road takes you to their destination instead of yours. So, pick a route which leads you in a meaningful direction.

Recognize the warning signs that you have deviated from your road. Intuition, negative results, and bad feelings all indicate that you are running off your chosen path. Paying attention to these signals prevents getting into trouble by veering off on an undesirable detour.

Your road to success leads towards the objective which motivates you most. Your objective should be something you are passionate about, something you are driven to accomplish. This is your mission.

Identify the one thing which motivates you more than anything else. This is your passion. If you are not currently pursuing your passion, today is a great time to start. You will never be as young as you are today, so it’s never too late to start.

The greater your motivation, the greater your progress will be. A burning desire to reach your destination keeps you moving forward in spite of obstacles. Determination is an unstoppable force utilized by all successful people.

Positive action moves you along. Taking action should be an automatic habit. Purge all excuses for not moving forward by replacing them with reasons to succeed. Since your thoughts program your mind, what you think about makes all the difference.

Make things happen, instead of waiting for them to happen. All roads are travelled by consistently taking one step after another. It’s normal that the road to success takes you away from your comfort zone.

Don’t act like a victim by blaming other people or circumstances for your problems. Always take responsibility for yourself. You are capable of finding the solution which exists for each problem. Maintain a positive expectation that you will discover the answers you need.

Identify problems and face them directly. Don’t procrastinate, rather respond to problems quickly. Addressing problems early is much easier than having to deal with them after they have worsened.

Don’t follow the conventional wisdom herd mentality. Ignore any naysayers predicting that you can’t or won’t succeed. There are many critics who will offer you advice. Instead, connect with other positive, success oriented people. Blaze your own path which takes you exactly where you want to go.

Exercise your mind by constantly learning. Keep your thoughts positive by maintaining an attitude of gratitude for all of the blessings in your life. View every obstacle as an opportunity to improve your problem solving skills.

Keep your body in shape through regular physical activity. A sound body is essential for a sound mind and vice versa. Physical exercise keeps your mind sharp, while boosting your health and immune system.

Be productive, rather than just efficient. What you accomplish is more important than how busy you are. That’s why productivity is more significant than activity. Each achievement drives you forward. How much time you spend is irrelevant if nothing is accomplished.

Be honest and ethical in all you do. Taking unethical shortcuts is a dead-end road which leads off a cliff. Treat everyone with courtesy and respect. Every action you take must be positive. Avoid any behavior which takes advantage of others.

Appreciate your journey along your road to success. Enjoy the view. Acknowledge your accomplishments. Monitor your progress to ensue you are staying on course. Make adjustments as needed to accommodate any new or changed goals. Your road to success will be an amazing journey.

NOW AVAILABLE: “Dare to Live Without Limits,” the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at bryan@columnist.com or write him c/o this paper.

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