Don’t you wish life was easier? Like, you could just snap your fingers, and achieve all your goals just that quick? In my opinion, that’s a terrible way to do it. For starters, what would you learn from that kind of “effort”?
There’s an old saying that the longer the wait, the sweeter the reward. I believe that when you decide on a goal, the Universe (or God, Life, etc.) gives you a series of tests. These tests serve two purposes: to find out how bad you want your goal, and to prepare you for what happens next.
Let’s say Janet wants to be a dancer. Like most dancers, her tests involve learning how to dance, looking stupid in public, kicking her costars in the face, rejection, broken bones, and scam artists. After a few years of this, most people would quit the test. Janet only learned from her tests and kept going. She not only got better at dancing, she learned how to be aware of her surroundings and not bump into anyone. She’s so used to rejection that she’s desensitized to it. She knows how to do her research and avoid scams. Now she won’t make those mistakes when her career takes off. Also, she can teach her valuable lessons from her good and bad experiences.
On the other hand, if Janet was simply given the starring role in a big-budget dance video, how long do you think she’d last? She’d single-handedly turn the set into Mortal Kombat!
Most people believe that when a person gets rich, everything automatically comes quick and easy for them. For instance, one goal that many people have for after they get rich, is to start a company outside their main line of work. Many people think that all they have to do is buy a building, put their name on it, and pay the bills. Then the restaurant, for example, will be the next McDonald’s, and they can just let their employees do all the work.
Actually, that plan is missing a lot of behind-the-scenes work. They have to make deals with other corporations (such as Pepsi), they have to find a great location, they have to copyright their stuff, they have to make their company stand out from the countless similar places, they have to be approved by the FDA, and so on. All of this has to be taken care of years before they can even make the want ads. Otherwise, that place would get shut down before it could get a chance to open up.
Everybody knows that there are only two points in time where most of us truly appreciate what we have: before we get it and after we lose it. Just ask yourself what you’d have if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday. If it were easy to get a billion dollars, how much effort would the average person put into any type of work, such as washing your car and selling the clothes you buy? How could you have fun playing a game if you could just snap your fingers and win by 100 points? How much would you appreciate your spouse if you or him/her could simply get a new one instead of working out your issues?
Jim Rohn has a great saying that goes, “don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” I’d rather go through my tests and get better than have my goals handed to me just so they can be taken away.
Make a nice day!