Large visions for your life.
Any major success you want to obtain…
Is probably going to take a lot longer than you anticipate when you start the journey.
It’s just human nature.
We get a good idea about something we want to be, do, have and the idea captures our minds and emotions. The honeymoon phase is awesome. Daydreaming and brainstorming of your exciting new idea and the world of possibility that will open up once you reach this new goal.
You are energized and ready to take on the world.
If you are new to this game, I’m sorry to tell you but you have a mountain ahead of you. And no one has ever successfully scaled a mountain quickly and easily.
Sure, from a distance, the mountain may not look that big. It looks like fairly smooth terrain and a manageable grade when you stare at the mountain from a few miles away. You excitedly sprint to your starting point.
That’s when the work begins and within a very short period of time, reality starts to sink in at the difficulty and struggle that awaits you.
MOST people don’t make it far enough up the mountain to be invested in the journey.
They quit early enough that the pain of investment isn’t harsh enough. The sting of quitting isn’t harsh enough.
However, if the goal at the summit of your mountain is something that you REALLY want… and you have enough reasons to get there (and enough reasons not to quit), then your first mission becomes the “investment phase”.
You have to put in enough blood, sweat and tears to reach a point where turning around and quitting would be more painful than continuing.
Once you reach this point, you gain a whole new perspective on life. The struggle doesn’t go away, but it takes on a new form. You find a sort of peace and “sense of knowing” during your struggle. You know you will make it to your goal… you just don’t know how long it will take. But it almost doesn’t matter because you no longer count the cost. You are focused purely on the journey.
This is an easy metaphor to understand but it applies to anything in life.
Make a point to first be the kind of person who dreams, has big visions and gives yourself the permission to set major goals.
Then, make CERTAIN you stay with it long enough that turning around is no longer an option.
Even though it will likely take far longer than you think to reach your peak.