I think more people don’t reach their goals because they give up when things get tough. Life is easy when things are going your way, but it is how you respond to obstacles that reveals your true character. Are you willing to go to any measure in order to reach a goal? Or do you buckle in the face of adversity? Do you quit when the going gets tough? Are you willing to do whatever it takes? Are you willing to make the sacrifices needed to reach your personal goals?
I recently talked with a lady who was complaining about her weight and how it made her feel awful to look in the mirror and see how big she was now compared to a few years ago. Amazingly, she also mentioned her reluctance to stop eating ice cream. I listened to her speak and then wondered if she put two-and-two together. She said she’s not willing to go so far as to give up ice cream in order to lose weight. I was dumbfounded. On the one hand she complained about how her weight made her feel, but immediately said she wasn’t willing to sacrifice to change her own life.
But we do this every day with our actions don’t we? In small ways we show ourselves that there is a limit to what we are willing to do to reach goals or to have more success. By slacking off at work we acknowledge that we are not willing to put in the dedication required to overachieve. By eating fast food we acknowledge that we are not willing to truly sacrifice in order to be healthy. And when we use credit to purchase unnecessary material possessions we tell ourselves things are more important than living debt-free.
I’m sure there are other valid examples of this, but I think my point is clear.
I’m curious…How far are YOU willing to go in order to reach your goals?