As humans, we react strongly by moving away from pain, or towards pleasure. As we’ve found out, we tend to react more to pain than to pleasure. Imagine what happens when there is a forest fire at your back.
You’d run much faster, with your life in danger, than you’d chase after that Ferrari or whatever lovely toy you really, really wanted, if the price of getting it was to run a 4 minute mile!
It’s how people can lift a car off a loved one when danger threatens. We actually all have it, and can tap into it to succeed in our goals.
I’m just back from Live The Dream 3 in Dallas, Texas (did you know they were a country before seceding from Mexico?) There were many wonderful leaders and speakers there and the energy was HIGH! I’m still on it.
One thing that the vast majority of them talked about was the importance of PERSISTENCE in achieving your goals.
You’ve got to really GO ALL OUT, do EVERYTHING you can think of, and then some. If current circumstances are painful enough, and you want things to change badly enough, you’ll get moving.
Talk to the successful people you know – get them to tell you their story of how they got to where they are, and what inspired them and kept them going, even when they had huge obstacles – they all do…. and get inspired!
You don’t need to hit rock bottom, but you can call on the future pain that will be due to the consequences of staying where you are (in reality sliding backwards) to get you determined not to head into a black hole. Establish the floor there and head up. It’s worth it!
Oh yes, Mac did get moving a few days later and now is back to jimmying the door open as slickly as before. He decided he did not want to keep waiting for me to open the door for him 10 mins after he is wants to get out. His persistence paid off.
And, apologies for the sound quality! The message is worth it, though!