Whatever you want, you can come closer to having… if you just want it bad enough. How bad?
Well, as bad as a drowning man wants air.
That is an easy phrase to read and miss the full emotional impact so read the following and let your imagination run free to get the full impact:
Imagine falling into the water one black, moonless night, being thrown off a boat by sudden wave or turn. You are fully dressed in bulky winter clothing and wearing heavy boots. The sodden weight of your clothing pulls you down and the darkness means you are even more disoriented. You had tried to grab a quick gasp of air as you fell but all that you inhaled was frothy water further stoking your frenzied fear. You try to kick off your boots but they are tied tight. For a moment, you try to kick your way to what you hope is the surface in spite of your boots but they feel like cement overshoes. In a quick ironic moment, you wish you could take a deep breath to calm yourself. You fight your panic down enough to reach down (“wrong way” a hysterical part of you cries out!) and finally unlace your boots. Immediately you can feel a surge in buoyancy. You shrug off your jacket in the same moment and feel yourself to begin to rise. You kick frantically, feeling the blackness around the edge of your vision. You hope, hope, hope you will remain conscious long enough to make the surface. The urge to open your mouth and pull in a cool, clean air is almost overwhelming; it takes everything you have to override the reflex, knowing that it would be the death knell. Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Air! Air! Air! The words pound at your brain like sledgehammers as you feel your strength fade.
When you want to succeed THAT bad, you will progress!
Closing Quote: (extensively edited with apologies to Eric Thomas, Secrets To Success)
There was a young man who went to this Guru,
And he told the Guru, “I want be on the same level you’re on.”
So The Guru said, “Meet me at the beach, at 4 AM.”
He’s like, “The beach? I said I want succeed. I don’t want swim.”
Guru said, “If you want succeed like me, meet me at the beach.”
So the young man got there 4 AM.
The old man grabs his hand and said,
“How bad do you want be successful?”
He said, “Real bad”.
The Guru said, “Walk on out in the water.”
So he walks out into the water to his waist.
The Guru said, “Come out a little further.”
So the young man walked out a little further to his shoulder.
The Guru said, “Come on out a little further.”
The young man, he came out a little further, the water was right at his mouth.
The young man says to himself: “This guy out of his mind.”
But the old man said, “I thought you said you wanted to be successful?”
The young man said, “I do.”
And the Guru said, “Walk a little further.”
The young man came and the Guru took his head, pushed it down into the water
Dropped his head in, held him down, down, down.
The young man struggled but the Guru had him, had him strong, held him down, down, down.
Just before the young man was about to pass out,
The Guru raised him up.
The Guru said, “I got a question for you.”
The Guru said, “When you were underwater, what did you want to do?”
The young man said, he said “I wanted to breathe.”
The Guru asked: “Anything else?”
The young man “Breathe, just breathe, nothing else.”
The Guru told the guy; The Guru said,
“When you want to succeed as bad as you wanted to breathe, then, then you’ll be successful.”
As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier