The other day I was at a social event with a close friend of mine, Megan, who is a doctor. We were having a talk about all the struggles and sacrifices that we have both been willing to make in order to achieve a certain level of success in our lives.
Ironically, later that night, one of her friends made a comment that really hit me. We were talking to this individual, who commented to Megan, “Wow, it must be nice living your life!” She was referring to her financial situation, an exciting trip that was mentioned, and her overall lifestyle.
This comment really hit me because I instantly realized that the individual making the comment had no idea what my friend, Megan, went through to get to where she is now.
Megan operated at a very high level for years on no sleep, stayed home on weekends to study when her friends were out partying, gave up fun weekend getaways with friends, sacrificed dating to focus on school, and basically accepted four years of complete imbalance, sacrifice, and extreme discipline to get to where she is today. I could go on and on, but you get the point!
Most people will never do what it takes to get the life that they want. Instead, they will think about working hard and talk about working hard without taking action. They negotiate with themselves for years if it is actually worth it or not.
Many people want a better life but they constantly let self doubt and hard work stand in the way of taking action. Some of the typical thoughts I am talking about are:
“You only live once! I am not staying in on Saturday night.”
“One more drink won’t hurt me.”
“I don’t need to workout today. I will go extra hard tomorrow.”
“I will have dessert tonight. My diet starts tomorrow.”
“I have errands to run and I have to get ready for tonight. I will call my prospects tomorrow.”
There is a constant internal dialogue going on that talks people out of taking action and achieving success. The truth is that these little daily decisions add up and shape your day, your week, your month, your year, and eventually your entire life.
So quit negotiating the price of success with yourself!
In my network marketing business, so many distributors tell me how bad they want this to work and what they are willing to do to make it happen. Unfortunately, many of these same people do not keep their word in the face of opposition.
People get stuck in the internal dialogue and start to negotiate back and forth with themselves on if taking action and making sacrifices is worth the reward. Unfortunately, this process often goes on for months or even years. In reality, if they were to have stopped the negotiation and just paid the price of success by taking massive action, they could have achieved their goal during this same time period.
My challenge to you is to stop this process immediately! In what area of your life have you been negotiating the price of success? Quit thinking about taking action and decide to take massive action today. Pay the price of success!
People don’t just wake up to a great life one day. It is built piece by piece, with consistent effort, over a period of time. Anyone who has achieved greatness decided to take action and get started on several daily tasks that added up to greatness. They accepted a short period of imbalance to achieve a life of balance, greatness, and freedom.
There wasn’t anything fun or convenient about Megan’s four grueling years of graduate school. However, she accepted the short term imbalance in order to create the long-term freedom to have choices for herself that many people will never get to experience. That is a beautiful thing!
I challenge you to share with me, or at least one other person, what you are going to do today to end the negotiation!