Most people assume that the path to success starts at the bottom and moves increasingly upward, but this is not the case. The path to success is never a straight ascension. Not only will there be setbacks, but there will be backtracks, digressions, and periods of aimless stagnation. The important thing is never to remain stuck in any of these states. That is why it is so important to examine your progress routinely in relation to your goals. Setbacks are easy to identify, but digressions and stagnation are more insidious obstacles. Never allow these circumstances to cause you to fall short of what you have set your mind to achieve.