For Ellen DeGeneres, the journey has been a lifelong process of personal discovery, success at the box office, comedy clubs and on a comfy Hollywood couch with an audience of millions. Along the way, there have been sweat, tears of joy, tears of sadness, failures and successes. But she's never ended her journey. She's kept going. Keep going on yours and never give up.
4. The reward
"The reward of a thing well done is having done it." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Here it is! Your moment in the winner's circle. How will you handle success?Are you ready for it? Maybe you've envisioned the moment that your YouTube video series goes viral or when you deliver your first keynote address at a TED speaker conference. But are you really ready to be crowned, victor? You will find success if you plan and execute properly. But also if your mind is prepared for receiving the reward.
At last year's Summer Olympic Games, young Simone Biles won four gold medals. Only 19, at the time, it's easy to think that her success was mostly overnight. No. She was the best in the world, winning the world championship all-around event each year following the 2012 Olympic Games. 2016 was a time she prepared for and she knew what the reward would be.
What is that moment for you? Have a picture of it. Then, mentally and even physically and emotionally, prepare rehearsing for it. Visualize but act it out. Then, once you're there, you'll act "like you've already been there." Good luck!
This article originally appeared on Medium.
Christopher Connors is a writer and author of the upcoming book, The Value of You, which focuses on the power and reward of integrating core values into our lives. He has worked as a management consultant with executives at Fortune 500 companies, and currently operates his own career coaching business.