In his book “Put Your Dream to the Test” John Maxwell points out everyone dreams. Everyone can have huge dreams but not veryone will achieve them. Why is that?
John explained dreams are free. However, there is a price to pay on the journey. Most people don’t want to pay the price.
Success requires sacrifice. Success is inconvenient. Success requires work. In fact, success is paid in advance with work being the deposit. Success requires long-term thinking. There are two words that harm individual success more than anything else. Those two words are “right now.”
In today’s information technology age, entire libraries can be researched in seconds; an event in your backyard can be recorded on a phone, sent to family members
across the country, who can watch it before your guests have departed. We have grown accustomed to instant rice, instant oatmeal, instant pudding, coffee, etc.
We continue to get more “instant.” We are going so fast, we focus on the immediate reward and neglect the long-term effect. It becomes a vicious cycle. We expect things
faster, our deadlines get shortened and then what happens? Ever stop to think about how quickly everyone gets upset when their computer freezes or crashes? Momentarily, the operator of the crashing
computer would have you believe his/her world is coming to an end. The unrealistic desire for “faster,
faster, faster, I want it now” creates stress in the workplace, stress during commute time, stress at home, and it doesn’t take much imagination to see how it can negatively affect dating or when youth want a $150 pair of Nike shoes and can’t pay for them. Many of our problems today lead back our desire for instant gratification and short term thinking.
Most of our ancestors were farmers. They knew about planting, cultivating, and harvesting. There was a time for everything and everything in due
time. Now we want to go from planting right to harvest. We’re eliminating cultivating altogether. We hear of “kids are growing up a lot faster these days.” They are growing faster,
but are not maturing any faster – that’s where cultivating comes in.
We had dot com booms and busts. We had savings & loans crash. We had Enrons, fraudulent investors and other stories of taking and crashing – again going from plant to harvest.
We buy gym memberships and quit after 3-4 days because we don’t see the big biceps or washboard stomachs, so the gym must not work for us. Today’s news tells us, choices are being made for the quick route, i.e., steroids, diet pills, etc. We are in the 21st Century and we want it “right now!”
We all need to get out of this method of operation and start thinking long-term for our health, future and quality of life. We must change the way we think. We must ask better questions.
As we start this week, I ask you to join me in spending more time “cultivating” our businesses, health and relationships. Our opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others is now.
It is never too late to start. It’s always too late to wait.
May your beliefs & accomplishments be as incredible as you!
Keep impacting lives!
With gratitude and respect,
Bryan M. Balch
Innovator of Human Potential
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