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Author:Dennis LaMountain


Welcome to the first blog on our new, interactive website! While writing copy for our revised website, I came across comedienne Lily Tomlin’s quote on success:

The road to success is always under construction. Lily Tomlin

This resonated with me because at times we felt like the website construction would never end. Well, it did – kind’a. Now that the world is so much more interactive than when our last website was first created, we know that Lily Tomlin makes a good point! The road to success is always under construction – including our new website, this blog, our business and ourselves.

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If you ask people whether they want to be “successful,” very few answer, “No, not really!” Most people will answer, “Of course I want to be successful!” Fewer people have a ready answer when asked, “What would success look like for you?”

Most of us know people who appear to be “successful” in a career or in a relationship, yet many of them will admit to feeling like they have not achieved what they really want to achieve. One of our coaching clients is working on feeling “accomplished enough” and “good enough” at the end of each day.

A Conversation on Success

Let’s look at this thing called success and begin a conversation.

At LaMountain & Associates, we have defined our “mission” as follows:

Our mission is to partner with our clients along their paths to peak performance to help them gain personal insight, become more empowered, and achieve sustainable results.

While this may seem like a noble mission, how should we determine whether we are actually successful at doing these things? How do we know that we are on the “right” path? And how do we know whether we are progressing fast enough?

The answers start with the “always under construction” piece.

Road construction has at least two elements:

Developing a plan for upgrading a road or creating a new one,Implementing the plan, during which time things get worse before they get better.

While the road is under construction, lanes disappear. Speed limits are reduced. Drivers are often impatient and frustrated that vehicles move at a snail’s pace.

While we were working on website construction in July, we turned down some social invitations and cut back on business appointments. Making these adjustments was stressful. But now we feel a sense of accomplishment and are ready to start blogging and to enjoy having an interactive website!

The Road to Success

How do you feel when you are late to an appointment due to road construction? Probably a bit frustrated, right? But if you know in advance that road construction may lead to delays, you can start your journey earlier than usual – and, most likely, get to your destination on time.

If “the road to success” is truly always under construction, then getting there is both an “inside job” and an “outside job.”

The “inside” part is about whether a person feels that he or she is on the right path. It is also about having patience and resilience when obstacles slow down the pace – or bring things to a screeching halt.

The “outside” part is about taking appropriate and timely actions to move around (or over) obstacles so that things continue to get done.

The question about being on the right path for success must be revisited fairly frequently. As the late Stephen R. Covey warned, “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.” This suggests that we sometimes have to heed the advice from an old Turkish Proverb: “No matter how far you have gone down a wrong road, turn back!”

At LaMountain & Associates, we have been revisiting our paths a lot over the last year. Our mission has not changed – but the paths that we are traveling to get there have been changing significantly. This includes a shift in the target audiences for our services and expertise. It also includes some new services and products.

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Comment on our blogs! Is your path to success under construction? How certain are you that your ladder is leaning against the right wall? What insights would you like to share regarding this thing called success?