In conversation with a man last week, I was told that a recent post had struck a voluble chord with him.
He’s well aware that his life, his business, his personal well-being and happiness, all depend on the decisions he takes.
He was lamenting the fact that he had not taken steps to get himself into better shape, mentally, physically and emotionally, much sooner than he had.
I was pleased to reassure him that a decision taken even later, rather than sooner, is fine.
It is still a decisive move on his part and one that will stand him in good stead for the rest of his life.
We’ve all done it at times, haven’t we?
We’ve put off, procrastinated, dithered, sat on the fence, and delayed our decision to commit ourselves to a direction in our lives.
And to this day, I am convinced that most people, myself included, put things off, not because we are afraid of failing.
We put it off because we fear succeeding.
Success means maintenance.
It means we’ll have to work, apply ourselves, to sustaining the new level at which we have arrived. It means we’ll have to think in a way that we may not always like.
It means we may have to make unpopular but necessary decisions.
It means taking responsibility for what we have achieved and honouring it with the responsibility it deserves.
Ask any politician.
Ask any business builder.
Ask any full-time artist, sports person, any one who has chased the dream and established him/her self.
Ask the successful weight loser, figure toner, bodybuilder, spiritual leader.
Everything has its price.
How do we see the price?
Is it a cost? Or a privilege?