In The Leader Who Had No Title, the comment is made “so success is actually easy”. I believe it can be. I also believe that for some reason most of us make it difficult!
Compare yourself to your teenager. How many times have we said “If you had just done what I told you, it wouldn’t be that hard”?
We talk about this in my wife’s business. If you were to pay $1M for a large franchise opportunity, you would show up for the training and you would do the things that they told you worked. At least the successful people would. But when you see an opportunity for a couple of hundred dollars, you don’t give it the same respect. Why is that? It’s because pain is the greatest motivator. Only when $200 causes as much pain for you as $1M will you give the same attention and effort.
Why is it that we wait for the pain?
To quote from Robin Sharma’s The Leader Who Had No Title “success is created through the performance of a few small daily disciplines that stack up over time to produce achievements far beyond anything you could have ever planned for”.
I’ll use a very simple example of practicing The Slight Edge philosphy. I had a diabetic incident last summer. My mother had just died and I believe that her diabetes had a lot to do with that. I was feeling some pain! Over the next two weeks, went to the hospital and spent 12 hours hooked up to an IV getting flushed. That drove the pain home! I modified my diet and started walking a half hour a day at lunch time. Every day, rain or shine. The first couple of times that it rained, I almost excused myself from the walk but forced myself to go out.
Within about 12 weeks, I lost over 25 pounds, had more energy, and don’t need any medication to control my sugar! Now something is missing from my day if I miss my walk.
There was no miracle cure. It was simple discipline. Now, if I can just apply this to the rest of my life!
It’s not easy, but it is. Like Nike says: Just do it!
Have a great day.
What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for the people who care enough to put up with me. I’m thankful for high speed internet. I’m thankful my Dad is still alive.