When I first started consulting businesses and providing life-coaching for individuals, I felt that the greatest thing most people lacked was a vision. A real, solid vision of what they wanted for their business or for their life. Most people have dreams floating around in their head of how nice it would be to do this or have that. But very, very few have taken the time to sit down and really think through their ideal life and then write it down. I always felt that if a business or individual could just do that, they would be on their way to a more successful life.
I still believe that to be the case but I have come to realize that there is a second factor that actually seems to trip up a lot of people. The second factor is a desire or willingness to work. A vision is rendered completely worthless if we aren’t willing to work to make it happen.
I’m not talking about going to your job, or cleaning the house, or playing with the kids. Those are responsibilities that need to be done. I’m talking about elective, hard work that you do without a deadline or without somebody looking over your shoulder. I’m talking about getting the things done that will really improve your life or bring you closer to your vision.
It is the kind of work we decide to do when our bed, or the couch, or the TV look so tempting. When we feel like we are just too tired to do anything. This is the work that sometimes seems like it will take forever, so we never get started. This is the type of work that we are afraid to do because we fear rejection or failure.
This is the type of work we need to do if we are ever going to achieve any of our goals.
Sometimes it is making that extra phone call. Or perhaps it is sitting down to work on a family budget. Maybe it is just turning off the TV for 30 minutes to have a conversation or play a game with your spouse.
I have found in my life that the most meaningful work I can do towards my goals is quite often the last thing I really want to do at that moment. I have to force myself to get started and get the hands dirty. I have found that once I get started, it is never as hard as I thought it was going to be and when I get done I have an enormous sense of accomplishment. If I decide to watch TV instead, all I get is a better knowledge of Seinfeld re-runs.
The great accomplishments in life come only after we have put in the effort, gotten our hands dirty, and earned the rewards that only come to those who are willing to go to work for their goals.
May your hands be covered with the dirt of success!
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