Success is a choice. It’s not something that happens to you. It’s something that you get up and create because you’re sick and tired of the status quo. Why do some people do it and others don’t? The answer is simple although it’s not obvious. But here it is: You will never get up and work your ass off to create a magnificent life until the pain of staying where you are is larger than the pain of changing.
That’s it. And that’s why most people are satisfied with mediocrity. The pain of being stuck in life is smaller than the pain of changing. And the funny thing is that — once you make the decision to actually get up AND DO SOMETHING — you find that the “pain of change” was an illusion all along. It’s fun. It’s invigorating. It’s exciting. And you look back and wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. You look back and you think, “What in the world was I thinking….going through life settling for less than I deserve??” I’m sitting here in Hickory today looking out over the lake and I’m in awe of how much my life changed because I was willing to say “No more” to a life of “just getting by”…. ….and I was willing to make a few very small — but very powerful decisions — and start living the life of my dreams. Someone asked me the other day: “What’s the price of success?” My answer: Who cares? Whatever the price of success, it’s a whole lot less than the price of failure? Because failure is living a life where you have to look at your loved ones and say, “I’m sorry I can’t give you what you want.” Or worse: “I can’t even give you what you NEED….” Failure is getting to the end of the journey and finding out that you only moved 6 inches when you could have moved light-years. Failure is looking at your children in the eye at the toy store and making up excuses for why you can’t afford to buy a stupid $50 toy that will light up their eyes. So, yeah…there’s a cost for success. There’s a price to pay. Yeah, you’ll have to make some decisions you haven’t made before. Yes, you’ll have to buy something that you haven’t bought. Yes, you’ll have sweaty palms (maybe). Yes, you’ll have butterflies in your stomach (maybe). Yes, you’ll have friends and relatives who say, “I can’t believe you’re doing that. That’s stupid.” Yes, you’ll have that stupid little voice in your head — your OLD MINDSET fighting for its life — that whispers to you at 3am that you’re screwing up. But pushed past all those costs…. ….and now I’m sitting in Hickory, NC with my beautiful daughters….looking out over the prettiest lake…..watching thousands of dollars flow into my bank account every week… …and I’m thinking, “Who in the world wouldn’t choose to live this way?”
Life’s a choice — choose well.