Hi, this is Sal Celly. Hope you are doing well. I wanted to discuss a really important topic. And that is, when you want something in life or at work, do you go after it? Now what do I really mean by that? There are many things that are nice to have, compared to must to have.
The first step is knowing the difference between the two. The second step is really identifying what you want in life. This requires some introspection, because at a superficial level, we think we want money, or financial status, or investments or status or leadership or appreciation. But if you really dig deeper into this and ask the question, why, and you typically ask that five to six times, then you arrive at the underlying motivation or the underlying factor that really, is what you’re after.
Once you know what you’re after, then the question is, are you going to go ahead and put in massive effort to try to get to that point. It’s not going to be easy, and you’re going to have a lot of hindrances. There will be a lot of hurdles that come in the way. You will have setbacks. You’re going to have people that are going to tell you, Oh, that’s a pipe dream, that’s never going to happen? Or what are you thinking about, you need to set more realistic expectations, and so on and so forth. There will be people that will give you advice about how you should not do what you want to do. At the end of the day it’s your decision. And it’s your conviction. And it’s your belief. And it’s your faith in yourself and in what you’re striving for. That should only be considered, and not everybody else’s opinion, and not everybody else’s advice. And quite frankly, their negative attitude.
As long as what you’re going after is not going to harm anybody else, it’s entirely your choice. If you have decided what it is that you want, you should go ahead and go for it. You treat every hurdle and every opportunity, as a stepping stone towards success. Is there going to be failure, absolutely. But does that mean you should throw in the towel and let go of what you want. No. What it means is you need to have the right mindset and learn from your failure and learn from your obstacles and learn from your objections. So that the next time when you face something like that, you know how to handle it.
Sometimes if it was too easy to achieve, it wouldn’t be worth it, it wouldn’t be valuable. So you will have to struggle. And you have to put in the effort. And you have to take two steps forward and one step back. Because then when you actually get what you’re after, and what you’re shooting for, then the victory is so much more valuable. So, my advice to you is keep on the track, keep the goal in front of you and keep moving forward.
Effort & Perseverance is Key
Sometimes get rich quick schemes or get to your goal quickly by imagining it and manifesting it, is not going to work. You need to think of what you want, but then you must follow it up with execution and action and consistent action. Persevering down that path. is what is important. God is going to test you; man is going to test you; the people closest to you are going to test you. The people further apart from you are going to test you. You need to ask yourself- How badly is it that you want what you want and what is the opportunity cost for you not going after that?
Life is short. We are all here for a particular timeframe-some are here for a shorter time, and some are here for a longer time. You have one shot. You have one opportunity-what are you going to do with it? Are you going to take it? You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take. So, go for it. Know that it’s not going to be easy. Know that you’re going to have to persevere and push through and overcome the challenges and overcome the hurdles.
It’s a Marathon not a Sprint
Along the way, make sure that you recharge- physically recharge, emotionally recharge, spiritually, recharge, relationally recharge, and most importantly, recharge mentally. Because it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon and you’re going to have to rest along the way. And you’re going to need to seek help from others, and you’re going to need to seek counsel from others. And don’t forget to stop and smell the roses and celebrate small successes. And don’t forget to thank people along the way that have helped you in your journey.
People like to help others, but they also like to be appreciated for helping others. You do the same. Just like somebody helped you grow, you need to help somebody else and lend them a helping hand. We all need encouragement. We all need positive affirmations. But those are not enough.
At the end of the day, you have to put in the hard work. You need to take ownership you need to take responsibility. Don’t make excuses because nobody likes them. Nobody cares about excuses. Take extreme ownership, have a winning mentality, and continue along. Mike Tyson had a great quote- “Everybody has a plan, till they get punched in the face.” You’re going to get punched in the face. You’re going to get knocked down. The question is what you do after that. This is Sal Celly. For any questions or clarifications, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and take care.