Sometimes, Success takes longer than planned

Slow is better than never!

Sometimes Success takes longer than planned

As a motivational speaker, I’ve been speaking about goal setting for about 18 years.  And, in those talks, I talk about planning your goals, visualizing your success, and do something every day to work toward it.  I too was setting my own goals.  This weekend, one of those goals became a reality.  I reached a milestone of losing 50 lbs.  I’m so grateful for the results of hard work, determination, and workouts when I didn’t feel like working out.  It has taken me two years since I took this goal really seriously and I thought it would only take 6-8 months!  Part of me questioned, why?  Why is it taking me so long?  I was comparing myself to others who were speeding right by me with their results.  Why so slow?  Why am I the tortoise?  And you know what?  Now that I’ve reached this goal, I can safely say, Who cares!  It’s not about comparing myself to other people and their progress.  It’s not even about me comparing my progress to what I set out in terms of my goal.  It’s really about success sometimes takes longer than planned, and for me that’s okay.  Slow is better than never.  So, today I embrace a goal achieved – yes, it took a LOT longer than planned, but look at the alternative; I could have given up, I could have lost weight quick only to have it ‘found’ along with some friends, so in that respect, I am happy for today.  I’m writing this not only for those of you graciously reading this, but for me too.  I sometimes look at other goals in my life, professional, financial, spiritual, and slide into comparing where I am with others.  I need to let go of the journey taken by others and only look at mine.  And, as I look at my progress, I need to accept the fact that sometimes, success takes longer than planned.

From your slower than your average bear, motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman


Marilyn Sherman, CSP is a Front-Row Leadership Expert helping people get out of the balcony and get a front-row seat in life. For over 20 years she has inspired audiences with topics on Visioning, Goal Achievement and having a No More Excuses attitude! Check out her fun, dynamic style at

Marilyn Sherman, Owner UpFront Presentations - Helping people get a Front-Row seat in their life!
9030 W. Sahara Ave #444
Las Vegas, NV 89117

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  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! I am so proud of you. I can feel you beaming all the way over here in North Carolina. You earned every ounce you lost. I witnessed your dedication first hand while I was shoving hamburger in my mouth. You go girl. I’m so excited that it’s made me hungry. Suddenly I’m craving a hamburger.

  2. Yeah Marilyn!!!  Please know that the length of your journey solidified positive lifestyle changes that a shorter weight loss journey would not.  I’m so happy for your success reaching you goal!!  I also love your advice of letting go of the journey taken by others and just focus on our own.  I celebrate you!!!

  3. Bravo Marilyn!!!! Your openness and willingness to share your experience… and in particular your inspirational stick-to-it-ness is exactly what this motivational speaker needed to read/hear this morning… that and your invitation to stop comparing myself and my progress to anybody and everybody else. THANK YOU!!!!

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