Here is a good question to ask yourself: Where are you going? Ten years from now you will surely arrive. The question is, where? We don’t want to kid ourselves about where; We don’t want to kid ourselves about the road we’re walking.
It sucks sometimes, I know… I’ve been there...
Not getting what you want, being where you want to be… Blaming everybody else, the entire world for our shortcomings and failures. I failed more times than I remember, but all that, all those lessons made me realize something. Something huge that completely change my life.
Can you guess what that was? And no, it wasn’t need of more money…
I came to realization that my perspective was completely wrong. I was starting not being afraid.
Yes, fear – the biggest life challenge I have ever defeated. Learning how to overcome fears of failure can be challenging for anyone. Fortunately for us, all fears are learned, no one is born with fears. Therefore they can be unlearned and I eventually reached the point in my life where I was not afraid of anything anymore.
Sometimes we get the idea that we’re doing 10 percent and there’s 90 percent more that we need to make the difference for our fortune, but probably the opposite is true. We’re doing enough things to have bought and shared in the good life. And maybe all we need is that extra 5 or 10 percent of intellectual change, activity change, refinement of discipline, refinement of thought. And all we need is the ideas to make those simple changes and the equity starts gathering in one year, three years, five years or 10 years.
But now is the time to fix the next 10 years. You may have to come to grips with reality and with truth; that’s what was good for me when I met my first mentor. I was 25 years old; he was 44 years old. He brought me a wealth of experience and he started asking me the tough questions. “Big question,” he said. “Are you reading the books that are going to take you where you want to go in the next five years?”
Excellent question. To get to where you want to be in the next five years, you are either reading the right books or you’re not. You’re either engaged in the disciplines or you’re not.
The key is to look and say, Where am I? What could I do to make the changes to ensure that I can take more certain daily steps toward the treasure I want, the mental treasure, the personal treasure, the spiritual treasure, the financial treasure? I don’t want to make any more errors, now’s the time to adjust my daily program to take me where I want to go.
The key is to start right now making these changes to walk this new road. Just a few daily disciplines makes a great deal of difference. And before you know it, you will be walking a brand new road.
Any day we wish, we can discipline ourselves to make important changes in our lives. We can do it immediately, or next week, or next month, or next year.
We can also do nothing. We can pretend rather than perform. The choices are ours to make.
As Shakespeare uniquely observed, “The fault is not in the stars, but in ourselves.” We created our current circumstances by our past choices. We need the truth.
We need the whole truth. And nothing but the truth.
You Have Only 2 Choices in Life…
Two distinct choices to make about what we will do with our lives.
The first choice we can make is to be less than we have the capacity to be. To earn less. To have less. To read less and think less. To try less and discipline ourselves less. These are the choices that lead to an empty life.
And the second choice?
To do it all! To become all that we can possibly be. All of us have the choice!
Our ultimate life objective should be to create as much as our talent and ability and desire will permit—to settle for doing less than we could do is to fail in this worthiest of undertakings.
I’m often asked the question, “How can I help someone else change, improve, be better?”
My answer often comes as a surprise, and here it is: The key to helping others is to help you first.
In other words, the best contribution I can make to someone else is my own personal development.
If I become 10 times wiser or 10 times stronger, think of what that will do for my adventure as a father… as a business colleague… as a friend.
So the best gift you can give to others, really, is your ongoing personal development, getting better, getting stronger, becoming wiser.
If You Change Yourself, You Can Change Your Life.
Life is about constant, predictable patterns of change, and the only constant factor will be our feelings and attitudes toward life.
Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.
Of all the things that can affect your future, personal growth is most important. In other words, the major key to your better future is you.
The key is to take a step today. Whatever the project is, start today.
Start clearing out a drawer of your desk… today. Start setting your first goal… today. Start listening to something motivational… today. Start putting money in your new “investment for fortune” account… today. Write a long-overdue letter… today. Anyone can! That is the SECRET!
It’s a new day, a new beginning for your new life. With discipline you will be amazed at how much progress you’ll be able to make. What have you got to lose except the guilt and fear of the past?
Now, I offer you this challenge: See how many things you can start and continue in this—the first day of your new beginning.
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