The pain we experience from our raw determination to achieve a lofty goal seems a small price to pay for the unexpected transformation we often receive.
Case in point: Many years ago I set an aggressive goal for myself to get in shape by joining a gym and committing to a vigorous one hour workout four days a week. Well, just like any other goal, it sounds good and seems doable in the beginning, but shortly thereafter, the excitement wears off as reality sets in.
For the first six months my determination, coupled with my so called burning desire, was all I had that got me through the gym door each day. But shortly after that period a totally unexpected transformation came over me. All of a sudden, I started leaving the gym with more energy than I came in with. You heard me right…I would arrive tired and leave energetic. Consistently, euphoria would set in about a half an hour after each workout. Wow, I was actually getting high from exercising…and it would last for hours. Ask anyone who works out regularly and they will give you pretty much the same story. Why else would anyone in their right mind commit to such a strange ritual?
The point is this: Even in achieving just one goal, tenacity is paramount because many times these life transformations seem to await almost sadistically just one or two steps beyond the brink of giving up.
Your need for willpower dissipates from the equation once you experience a few of these transformations. This is how successful people make it look easy…it’s addicting…just like everything else that feels good.
Keep in mind as you struggle through your goals, you could be much closer than you think to a complete transformation.
• Just a ¼ of a pitch can transform a awful sour note into a beautiful sound.
• A one degree dip in temperature can transform a raindrop into a one-of-a-kind snowflake.
• A simple smile can transform someone’s entire day.
• One SAT grade point can transform student debt into a full ride scholarship.
• A split second faster can transform a great effort into a world record.
• One less stroke can transform a good round of golf into a Nike endorsement.
One more step, one more lap, one more hug, one more try, one more sales call, one more “across the floor”, one more push-up, one more chance, one more prayer, one more word of encouragement, one more audition, one more…you fill in the blank.
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