There will never be a point in your life where it’s the “right time” to do a great thing. If you’re waiting for that perfect moment, that perfect time, it’s not going to happen. You know what you have to do? You have to create the perfect time and the perfect opportunity and the perfect situation.
So a lot of people become comfortable. They stop growing, they stop wanting anything, they become satisfied. People getting ready to go to jobs that they don’t like, jobs that are making them sick. When you are not pursuing your goal, you are literally committing spiritual suicide. When you have some goal out there that you’re stretching for, reaching for that takes you out of your comfort zone, you’ll find out some talents and abilities that you have that you didn’t know you had. When the message of misery visits you, what are you going to do? What will keep you in the game? There are things that you think that you will never need to know, that you may only need to know one time in your life, but that can save your life because you have that knowledge.
What is it that, at one point in time, you looked at and decided you couldn’t do it? That you talked yourself out of it. If you’re waiting on your next-door neighbour to make it happen, it will never happen for you. If you’re waiting on your mother, or your father, they may be so ancient in their thinking that they don’t understand this opportunity that you have, and if you’re waiting on them, it may never get done.
If you’re not where you are. If you’re not where you want to be, if you don’t have what you want to have, if you’re not where you think you should be in this particular place, it has nothing to do with “The System”, but has everything to do with the fact that you’re not making the sacrifice. If you don’t work to make your dream a reality, you’ll be working for somebody else to make *their* dream a reality.
Most people take their greatness and ideas to the graveyard with them. The wealthiest place on the planet is the graveyard – because in the graveyard, we will find inventions that we were never exposed to, ideas and dreams that never became reality, hopes and aspirations that were never acted upon.
The question is: What are you going to do with your time? What drives you? Greatness is a lot of small things done well. Day after day, workout after workout.
When things don’t work out for you…when things happen that you could not anticipate, what are the reasons that you can think of that can keep you strong? You will never, ever be successful until you turn your pain into greatness. Until you allow your pain to push you from where you are to where you need to be. Stop running from your pain and embrace your pain. Your pain is going to be a part of your pride, part of your end product. It’s easy to be on the bottom-it doesn’t take any effort to be a loser. It doesn’t take any motivation or any drive in order to stay down there at that low level. But to rise above that level, you have to harness your pain, your will, to say “I AM GOING TO CHALLENGE MYSELF!”
The biggest enemy you have to deal with is yourself. There’s an old African proverb that says “if there’s no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm”.
When you have the opportunity of a lifetime, that opportunity means absolutely nothing if you don’t take advantage of it in the lifetime of this opportunity. People have said “if life knocks you down, try to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up”.