We want what we want as soon as possible with as little pain as possible. That’s like children throwing tantrums in malls these days – they want what they want – now. If not, they scream, disrupt, blame their parents. So here’s a question for you: on a scale of one to ten, one being, “I don’t care,” and ten being, “whatever it takes,” how badly do you want what you say you want?
People will work nine hours a day and commute another two hours to earn a measly salary in a job they hate with no prospect of getting out of debt, while they have to put up with their bosses and never see their kids growing up, so they join a business opportunity and expect to earn twice the amount within two weeks while they work two hours a day from home. In their pajamas. It doesn’t work like that.
There are conditions to fulfill in order to reap the benefits. In John 15:7, Jesus promises, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” See the condition there? “IF ye abide in me and my words abide in you.” In our microwave, quick fix, instant soup, remote control, lazy, entitled, spoilt Western society, we’re not used to this. We all understand we have to work our tails off in a horrible, low paying job, but when it comes to personal CHOICES, well…
We have to maturely, patiently, and objectively weigh up the cost / risk / return ratio. “This is what it will cost me in terms of my time, self discipline, persistence, money, commitment, and hard work in order to obtain this amount of money, self respect, freedom, peace of mind, happiness, control, lifestyle, health, and security. That is the price I have to pay. Am I prepared to pay it? Is the benefit worth it? Can I commit to that?” It’s a simple question, really. Your life is a garden, and you get to choose what grows in it.
There’s always a price to pay. And there is usually guidance, training, and support available to help you through the process. We have agency – the freedom of choice. As adults, we need to make choices. To take responsibility. And we can choose to do something today that our future self will thank us for or hate us for. A year from now, you may wish that you had started that business today. Because time will pass, and you will surely arrive in 365 days’ time, unless you’re dead. The choices you make today will determine WHERE you arrive in one year’s time..
The recipe is plain, and the ingredients are all laid out in front of you. Deuteronomy 30:19: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live…” Life is all about choices and their consequences. Simply meet the conditions to reap the rewards you want.
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go-they merely determine where you start.” – Nido Qubein
Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com