The Greatest Threat

Success is quite evidently an overused term. Every person you come across has their own definition of success and they are chasing it. One goal. Most people know their vision well and plan accordingly. Some prefer going with the wind and hoping to find the vision along the way — it isn’t wrong, they simply prefer to focus on the journey more than the destination. With a route to success comes obstacles, threats and fear. And akin to success, everyone has their own versions of them. 

Recently, I finished reading Atomic Habits by James Clear. I was intrigued by this particular quote and it led me to a spiral of my thoughts. 

“The greatest threat to success is not failure, but boredom.”

Being successful is a way of life and a state of mind. It is in no way determined by your financial status, job designation or even your happiness alone. It is always a plethora of things coming together to form our own definition of success. However, the most important thing is that you have to build that life. It is a continuous process. 

You want to be successful in your health? You have to eat well and exercise regularly. Not once. 

You want to be successful in your career? You have to work smart and stay committed to your growth trajectory. Not once. 

You want to be happy? You have to do things that make you happy everyday. Not once. 

The problem is, these things take time. People have a ridiculously short attention span and for some reason, it now applies to their lives as well. We get bored easily, doing the same thing time and again. But isn’t it all about consistency?

It takes time to build a life. The life you want must reflect in your identity as you work towards it, everyday, rain or shine. But, the process can prove to be tedious. People want immediate results. Their short attention span towards everything leads to boredom. Boredom kills the habits which do not give you immediate pleasure. It rapidly leads you down a rabbit hole which inclines away from the way of life you need to be living. 

The greatest threat to success isn’t failure, but boredom. 

I believe boredom merely acts as a resistance to our trajectory. Once we take a leap beyond, we shoot for the sky. And that’s precisely how we become limitless. 

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