About a month ago I came across a quote that really stuck with me.
It went something along the lines of:
“Do you really believe you can achieve your goals? Are you so sure that you’ll accomplish them within the next 5 years that you’d bet your life on it? If you wouldn’t, then you don’t really believe.”
When I heard it, I paused.
My confidence was shaken. Any belief that I had; that I would get six pack abs, or hit a 7 figure net worth… it all went flying out the window.
I wasn’t so sure anymore. Was I deluding myself? Was I just kidding?
I’ll admit – I love goal setting. I’m a habitual goal setter.
But what’s the point in setting goals if you never accomplish them?
And although the question was hypothetical, I realized right then and there – I didn’t believe in myself nearly as much as I thought I did.
It was time for a gut check.
What Do You Want?
Want to know a sobering truth? Here it is:
Most people live life on autopilot.
They go about their days on zombie mode. They wake up, fight traffic to go to work, slog out the day, come home, eat dinner, watch TV and fall asleep.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
I was a part of that crowd once… the 9-5 walking dead.
That kind of life has a tendency to soul crush you. To herd you like cattle, and placate your dreams. So it is with most people. Most people don’t set any goals.
What do they do instead?
They just live their lives hedonistically; trying to avoid as much pain or trial as possible. Jumping from experience to experience, constantly looking for the next high.
It’s a mellow way to live.
I mean, if you never even try, by default you also can never fail. The feeling of loss or failure really hurts. Many people avoid it at all costs.
But a hedonistic life is not the answer.
You might minimize your pain, but you’ll also never accomplish anything.
You only have one life to live. So ask yourself the question: What do you really want?
If you had a magic wand, what would you want your life to look like?
How Bad Do You Want It?
What if I told you: you could have that life – but it won’t come easy. Would you still want it?
That it would take hard work, years not days, and probably even a few failures along the way. Would you still give it a try?
Everyone wants to be rich. But nobody wants to work 80 hours a week. Nobody wants to forego their weekends out or their 8 hours of sleep.
How bad do you want it?
Everyone wants washboard abs. But nobody wants to live in the gym; wake up early to get their reps in, or forego the late night pizza and ice cream.
How bad do you want it?
Success is not linear. And neither are improvements.
Don’t be addicted to instant results, or incremental gains. Sometimes your hard work will seem like it’s for nothing. You won’t see any improvements, and results will be flatlined.
But stick with it. Trust in the process, and keep working.
The success curve is usually exponential, and it’ll take years of stress and hard work before the floodgates really open.
Realize that the club for those who ‘make it’ is small, and the gatekeepers to the kingdom don’t just let anyone in.
A few years ago, there was a viral video that illustrated this concept better than I can explain with words. I’ll leave that here and end with just one question:
What are you going to do this weekend?
(I highly recommend you watch this video if you’ve never seen it.)
Mr. Smart Money