I think it is fairly safe to say that just about everyone wants to be successful in life. Nobody wants to fail, and often simply the fear of failure prevents many from taking a chance and pursuing their dreams. When you think about success, what does success mean to you, and how do you feel success is achieved? I have my own thoughts about what success is, and how we succeed in life.
More times than not, the people who are the most successful in life, and make the biggest difference in the lives of people and the world around them, are people who have made tough choices in life. Success in life does not come easy. If success in life came easy, everyone would be successful, and of course we know that is not the case. Successful people tend to be the ones who are willing to do things others are not willing to do, and make sacrifices in their lives that others are unwilling to make. I think the road to success can often be a lonely road to travel because when you set your mind to achieving certain goals, some people will not understand your determined mindset. Many of the sacrifices that you will make on your road to success and achieving your dreams will not be understood by those around you. Robert G Allen once said, “Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you’re crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you’re lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you’re greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn’t understand.” This is so true. The habits and life styles of those heading toward success are usually not what is considered “normal” in today’s society. That is why the actions and the choices of those heading down the road to success are often misunderstood and even ridiculed by others.
One of the goals that my wife Janet and I have set our minds to achieving is becoming entirely debt free. In the past, like the majority of Americans today, we thought success to be indicated by the amount and price tag of possessions that we could acquire. This foolish mindset led us down the road to ridiculous amounts of personal debt, charging and financing our way to a self imposed prison of financial disaster. Sadly, many Americans today have done, or are currently doing the same thing. Fortunately, at some point we stopped and asked ourselves, “Why are we doing this, and who are we trying to impress?” Someone once said, “We spend money we don’t have, to buy things we don’t need, to impress people that don’t even care.” That completely described our mindset at one time, but those days are over. The choices, decisions, and sacrifices that we have made in order to continue our journey to a totally debt free life have not always been easy, but I know in the end when we are not even one dime in debt, all the tough choices will have been worth it! The author Les Brown was so very right when he said, “You must be willing to do the things today others don’t do in order to have the things tomorrow others won’t have.” My wife and I are both people who love to give, so at Christmas time it is especially challenging to stick to our goals, but we do. Unlike years past, when we would put Christmas shopping on a credit card and worry about the bills in January, today our Christmas shopping is limited to what we are able to purchase in cash. We recently saved for the better part of a year to purchase a a very nice two year old car CASH! Doing that was such a great feeling. Knowing that when we drove the car home that very first day we would never have to make a single car payment on the car brought a sense of freedom that I had never before experienced.
Regardless of what your goals and dreams in life are, whether they involve getting out of debt, going back to school to get a degree, writing a book…..the list could go on and on….your success will be determined by the choices you make, and your willingness to make the sacrifices necessary to make your dreams a reality. When you make the sacrifices along the way to your dream, your friends and family will not always understand your actions. Don’t let that stop you. The road to success can sometimes be a lonely road because it is a road that requires choices and sacrifices that many are not willing to make. Never give up on your dreams, and never allow anyone to convince you that you will not succeed. With a determined and made up mind, and a trust in God, all things are possible! Don’t just settle and go through life agreeing to take whatever comes your way. Pursue your dreams with passion and become a game changer! You can do and achieve whatever you set your mind to do, if you are willing to travel the lonely road.
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I….I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost
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