Everybody wants what feels great!
We all want to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have an amazing relationship!
To look perfect, make money and be popular, well-respected and admired to the point that people part like the Red Sea when you walk into the room!
We all want that! It’s easy to like that!
If I was to ask you, “What do you want out of life?”
You’d probably respond with something like, “I want to be happy, have a great family and a job I like,”
But what if I asked you a question that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives will turn out?
I know it’s getting serious now!
What if I asked you…
“What pain do you want in your life?”
“What are you willing to struggle for?”
We all want the amazing job and financial freedom…. but not all of us want the long commutes, the 60hour work week, the corporate hierarchies! We want to be rich without the risk, the sacrifices and the delayed gratification necessary to accumulate that wealth!
We want the amazing relationships…. But not all of us want the tough conversations, the awkward silences, the emotional psychodramas to get there!
I hate to be the one to break it to you…
But happiness requires struggle…the positive is the side effect of the negative!
A lot of people want to start their own business and become financially free. But you don’t end up successful unless you find a way to appreciate the risk, the uncertainty, the repeated failures, and working insane hours on something you have no idea whether it will be successful or not!
What determines your success isn’t “What do you want to enjoy?”
The question is, “What pain do you want to sustain?”
The quality of your life is not determined by the quality of your positive experiences but the quality of your negative experiences.
And to get good at dealing with negative experiences is to get good at dealing with life!
Who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle for!
People who enjoy the struggles of a gym are the ones who get in good shape!
People who enjoy long workweeks and the politics of the corporate ladder are the ones who move up it!
People who enjoy the stresses and uncertainty of the starving artist lifestyle are ultimately the ones who live it and make it!
This is the most simple and basic component of life: our struggles determine our successes.
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We can’t solve the problem of today by using the same thinking as when we created them – Albert Einstein
If you can dream it you can do it – Walt Disney
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone – Neale Donald Walsch
Never, Never, Never Give Up! – Winston Churchill