What do you really desire and what are you willing to do in order to get it?
I was listening to a story by Erik Thomas, a very well known motivational speaker who blew up on the scene not to long ago, talk about a young man wanting to be as successful as a guru he had met. The guru asked the young man, "Do you really want to know what it takes to be successful?" "Yes, of course!" replied the young man with certainty in his voice. "Are you sure you want to be successful?" asked the guru once again. And once again, the young man replied, "Yes, I am sure, and I am willing to do whatever it takes!" The guru looked at him again and asked one more time, "Are you sure you are willing to do whatever it takes to be successful?" The young man feeling a bit irritated said, "Heck yes, I am totally surer than sure Mr. guru!" "Ok!", replied the guru. "Meet me at the Beach at 6:am tomorrow morning, no questions asked!" "Yes sir, I will be there!" replied the young man.
The next morning, the guru had already been waiting for the young man since five in the morning as he looked at his watch and saw him approaching. It was about a quarter til 6am. "Goodmorning!" said the young man enthusiastically as he stood there proud in his Sunday Suit. "It's a very good morning," replied the guru. "Remember, no questions just do as I ask and you will have the key to being very successful!" "Yes sir!" replied the young man. The guru then looked toward the ocean and asked the young man to follow him. "No questions, remember!" stated the guru once more. The young man followed as they were about 20 feet from the water line. The young man thought that maybe the guru wanted to impart in him a lesson that the Beach had to offer and that maybe they were going to wait for other people to join them. To his surprise and dismay, the guru did not stop at the shore's edge, instead he continued walking into the water. "What the heck is going on?" thought the young man. I didn't come to learn how to swim as he threw off his shoes before going into the water. He promised no questions asked, so he continued to follow the guru. Soon they were knee high, then waist high. The young man knew how to swim, so he wasn't too worried, he was more worried about his suit getting damaged. Keeping to his word, he just followed along and did what the guru asked. "Just a bit further out, " said the guru.
By this time, they were in an area in where they had to tread the water because they could no longer touch the ocean floor. Just then, when the young man was trying to elude a wave, the guru grabbed him by the head and pushed him down further into the water. He held him there as the young man fought for air, fought for freedom, and fought to stay alive. When the guru noticed that the young man was going limp due to lack of air, he pulled him up and allowed him to breathe again. The young man was angry and confused as he got his senses back and swam back to the shore line. Once there, the young man yelled out to the guru as he walked toward him from the ocean, "What in the flying F___ is wrong with you? You could've killed me!" The guru simply looked at him and said, "You promised no questions!" "Yes, I know, but I didn't think you were going to try and kill me!" he replied in agony. "Yes, I know you're upset, but tell me one thing-what was the only thing you wanted to do while you were under the water?" replied the guru. "What? breathe of course!" said the young man still holding his chest. "And what were you willing to do in order to breathe?" asked the guru. "Anything and everything!" said the young man. "That is the ultimate key, until you want to succeed as bad as you wanted to breathe when you were down in that ocean water, then you will be successful!" The guru looked at him, looked at the ocean and then started waking away! The young man fell to the sand and realized the grand lesson that he had just learned and became highly grateful.
Are we where we want to be because we are willing to do anything for the level of success that we want to attain? Are we willing to turn off the TV fora few hours, wake up a little earlier, plan ahead for the upcoming day, meditate, eat healthy, and continue to look at our goals? Are we doing everything it takes to see your children get the best care, setting standards at work, and become productive citizens in the neighborhood? Well, if it is that important to you like it is to breathe, then you will move in the direction of attaining that goal. I don't think that you have to be super obsessive at first, because if you are new to wanting to change certain behaviors, then it might take you a couple of tries as first. But I promise that if you stick with it, especially for more than 30 days, you will be amazed at the level of success that you will have!