Someone said that success occurs when your dreams get bigger than your excuses. That makes sense, doesn’t it? But is that when success starts?

Or is it when the perceived pain of staying where we are exceeds the pain we expect to encounter by making the necessary changes in our lives? Well, both are true. Then again, Paul J. Meyer famously said, “Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.” That means we are successful as soon as we start moving in the direction of our goals and as long as we are moving in that direction, even after we stop for a while.

I think that’s also true, however to me, there is a more powerful determining factor, something that guarantees that you will not fail. You may fail in the short term, you may have to change tactics, methods, or team members, but you will not and cannot fail to reach your main goal. You may have to lose a battle on the way to winning the war, but this one thing will not allow you to quit. What is it?

I believe it’s when you close the doors in your mind to other possibilities. It’s when you mentally cut off the option of quitting, of compromise, or second best, of looking for excuses. For me, that is what guarantees that I always win in the long run. I cannot countenance less than my major objective. The face of my role model, Winston Churchill, stares at me in my office. When I look up from my computer in any direction, I see his face. I am reminded of his strength and focus.

When you are totally committed to your objective, pleasing others or trying to be popular is not an option. And it’s not important. Here are a few Churchill quotes together: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”

Today, Churchill would have been drawn and quartered for saying the things he said about Muslims, the Russians, and a lot of other subjects that are taboo today. And he was always right. Without him, we would all be speaking German today. That’s why America is lost. They have no leader of the quality required to drag them out of the mess they’re in. The Republicans are so busy compromising with the Democrats that they have revealed who their true masters are: the banks and the voters and money and power, not principle and values.

Offend, upset, rock the boat if necessary, it doesn’t matter one iota. As long as your values are not violated, say what you think. Man up! Do what is necessary. Total, uncompromising commitment to your main objective without even the thought of deviation or concession. To thine own self be true, and you will be happy, contented, and satisfied with your life. And you will WIN.

Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com