There are times when I look at how much people achieve, and I’m astounded. I see people sacrificing personal time and freedom to invest in their dreams. I see people giving up their dreams to invest in their family. I see people giving up their dreams and their family time to build someone else’s Empire.
And yet so many are frustrated or even angry at how they are living their lives.
Opportunity isn’t just a matter of chance, the successful have always said they’ve “made their own luck”. Being prepared is always a significant part of success, but there is a more significant element. We need to have the courage of our convictions. We need to have the faith to believe we are right, and that whatever we sacrifice, the prize will be worth it in the end.
And we need to have the ownership of our own decisions. Navy Seal Jocko Willink wrote an inspired book called “Extreme Ownership” which challenges our excuse making culture and gives us a greater sense of control. We all have duties and responsibilities, but we are also responsible to ourselves. When you go through the safety instructions on a flight, you’re told that you need to put the oxygen mask on yourself even if your child is right next to you. Our primary responsibilty is to make sure that we are healthy enough to contribute to whatever we have chosen to prioritise. Physically, mentally, and spiritually, we need to choose how we care for ourselves to be able to give our best.
Life isn’t a trap, and you’re not as stuck as you might feel. There are always options, but you’ve got to be willing to ask for help. If you want change in your life or your business, you need to be willing to trust someone enough to give you advice and feedback on how you can achieve your goals. And then you need to be willing to work the process to implement change, because you’re the only one who can.
Opportunity always has a cost, but we are the ones who choose.