Whether you have clear goals or not, there’s a picture in the back of your head of what you would like to have.
But everything worth having has a price.
That price is usually so significant that you may feel uncomfortable doing what you have to do – to pay it. So, you must delight in doing the challenging activities (the price), day after day. Slowly, these activities will become part of who you are and move you towards what you want.
Here’s how the scenario plays out when someone isn’t willing to pay the price:
Sally wants to lose 10lbs of weight so that she be fit and trim. But she isn’t prepared to eat less and consistently exercise. She’s not prepared to let go of the joys of eating whatever she wants, whenever she wants.
To achieve her goal, she will need to do these things:
– Eat healthy
– Drink enough water
– Avoid eating lots of calorically dense foods
– Track her weight
Maybe she manages to eat slightly healthier, but she’s paying just a quarter of the price needed to achieve her goal. She’s only doing one out of four things. Put it simply, her payment towards her goal doesn’t match up with its achievement.
This example manifests itself with any goal we haven’t been able to achieve. Often, we’ve only been willing to give part of what’s due. And then we complain about not getting it even though we didn’t pay the full price! The universal law of cause and effect states that for every effect there is a definite cause, likewise for every unfulfilled cause there is an incomplete effect.
To put that in perspective, think about taking a grocery bag to the checkout, and being told to pay 40$ but only giving the friendly lady in front of you a 10$ bill. She’ll look at you like you deserve a head examination.
Only go after goals, if you’re willing to pay the full price.
When you’re ready to pay the real price of what you desire, you will finally begin to move faster than ever towards everything you want. Once you’ve made the decision to make the full investment (in heart, soul, and mind), and stick to it on a daily basis, with patience – the results you seek will come.
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln
The life in your years are inextricably linked by how much you’re prepared to delay gratification to reap the joys of success. Not because of how much short-term pleasure you enjoy on a day to day basis.
Pleasure is ephemeral and in the long term, not quite fulfilling. Think of eating an ice cream, or watching a TV show. It has its place, but it’s not going to give your life meaningful significance.
Being relentless in your pursuit of doing what’s necessary, to follow the path that will take you to get where you want to get to, however, will give you significance, both during the journey and at the destination.
All the while, you’ll need to maintain your happiness and sanity in the process – which is a delicate balance.
At first, it will feel uncomfortable to pay the price; you won’t enjoy it. Over time, it will get easier and easier, and you’ll start to love the process. Instead of forcing yourself upstream a river – eventually you will be flowing downstream through the river; you’ll start getting used to paying the price.
But what else will create the shift you need, to be able to do the hard things, to get where you want to get to? I believe it comes down to seeing yourself as a visitor to planet Earth, combined with living with a sense of urgency.
One of the best ways to make it easier for yourself to pay the full price for the things that you want is to understand you have a finite time to bless yourself and the world around you with everything you can achieve.
Every step in the right direction you take is a move in the right direction for humanity as a whole. When you pay the price for what you want, you set the right example for others around you; your example liberates others in some small way.
Most people don’t see themselves as visitors to Planet Earth, but as entitled human beings that primarily belong to this country, this nationality, or else. You can be different, and choose to see your life as an opportunity and not a given. An opportunity to provide the world with your unique gifts. But you’ll need to start paying the full price.
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