You write a lot about success in your books. What do you think is the greatest obstacle to success?
That is a great question! Success means various things to different people, but I often pose the question: “On a scale from one to ten, how successful would you like to be?” Well, of course we all want to be a ten when it comes to success—or at least hovering around an eight or nine. Right?
Here is the next question, which is a little tougher: “Be honest with yourself—on a scale to ten, how would you rate your overall level of personal development?” If you are like most people the answer will be five…maybe six…or seven, on a good day. In the gap between those two questions lies a major clue for the obstacle to your success. If you desire to be a ten on the success scale, but rate only a six or seven on the development scale, you definitely have some work to do.
Now, let’s go a step deeper with one more question: “In terms of effective habits that are contributing to your personal growth and development, how would you rate yourself on a scale to ten?” Most people end up rating themselves one or two notches lower for the habit category than they do for personal development—and there is where the greatest obstacle lies. You will rarely, if ever, rise above your habits for success.
The most long-lasting habits are those that lead to a change in your personal identity. Success is much more the result of the person you become, rather than merely the actions you take.