Success Has A Price!

Whatever you want in life, you must give up something to get it. The greater the value, the greater the sacrifice required of you. There’s a price to pay if you want to make things better, and a price to pay for just leaving things as they are, but the price can be temporary!  Even if you don’t make a decision about an issue, you are paying a price.

Nothing worthwhile ever comes easily. Work, continuous work and, sometimes, hard work  is the only way to accomplish results that last. Contrary to what a lot of people must believe, it won’t happen in 6 Weeks. (Must be what a lot of people believe because I have heard more times than I want to remember, “Well, I’ll try it for 6 weeks……” To which I respond, Don’t waste my time!)

There is no success at bargain basement prices. The highway to success is a toll road. Slight Edge decisions are the currency on that toll road…Slight Edge decisions that drive you toward your desired outcome on a daily basis will result in a positive accomplishment over time. Slight Edge decisions that only satisfy an immediate desire, like watching a ball game instead of taking action on your desired outcomes, will result in a negative impact on your life.

Being willing to do what others are unwilling to do and doing those tasks or taking those actions on a daily basis will result in a positive outcome. Essentially eating that elephant one bite at a time.

My mentor, Jeff Olson, says it in a manner most should incorporate into their personal motivators when he says, “Do what makes you uncomfortable today, so you can be very comfortable later, instead of doing what makes you comfortable today and resulting in being uncomfortable in the future.” (Pain now for lasting pleasure later, or pleasure now for long lasting pain!)

I know we’ve all heard these thoughts before and we ask ourselves, “So, self, just how do I make this work? How do I implement this into my life and be effective?”  In answer, and as a tip for you, …I have been teaching a “Goals” seminar, for lack of a better word,… for many years that lasts (depending on the agenda) from 6 hours to 2 days. The underlying plan can be stated in 4 bullet points and in about 35 seconds (if I’m slow! lol) and it is this:

A Plan for Accomplishment

1. Decide what you want…to be, to have, to accomplish (you fill in the “want”)

2. Decide what you will pay for it…. This is almost invariably the commodity of  “time.” Most often TV time!

3. Make a plan….usually a schedule of a few hours per day, per week, per month that you are going to STICK to!

4. Work your plan….. eat the elephant one bite at a time.  Never, never, never, never, quit! (as Winston Churchill said so eloquently)

As you prepare your plan ask yourself some questions like”

“Is sleep more important then your success?”

“Is that ball game going to really make a difference in my life?” (Remember our mentor, Jeff Olson, gave up one of his loves to become super successful…softball!)

“When I give up the TV time, will I be giving up quality time with my family?” (almost a universally resounding NO!)

Once you devise your plan, then tip the success of the plan in your favor.  How? By putting up reminders to yourself on the ubiquitous Refrigerator, or bathroom mirror or auto dashboard.  Something like this…”I have a plan set forth to reach my success and I have to stay obedient to the rules and regulations I set forth. To do so I must sacrifice some of my short term pleasures. This can be painful, but pain brings forth change. So we must invite the pain and by doing so we will experience ultimate long term pleasure in it’s purest form.”

So the point of today’s message is to be obedient to your plan, be ready to sacrifice your short term temporary pleasure, invite the pain that comes from your sacrifice, and you will have true lasting pleasure.

These tips may sound simple, however I assure you…. You will need to call upon your Slight Edge persona and rely on those philosophies on a constant basis.  When you do, I promise you…. you will achieve whatever desired outcome you are seeking!

To your Slight Edge accomplishments!

Coach Ron

(oh, btw, the Title..99 Keys?   It’s just a spoof on all these articles you see….5 ways, 6 new things, 7 ways, etc! lol..)