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Neither of us had been there before, and we’d been talking about it for a while.
But when we were driving in my old Toyota Corolla, we came to this river crossing.
It was on this dirt road with a LOT of potholes, and this crossing was just before the trailhead.
Only it was pretty deep. Driving across, the water was about 3/4 of the way up my tires.
My little Toyota looked pretty funny next do all those big trucks!
In retrospect, it probably wasn’t the best decision. After all, the benefit was a hike in the local mountains. The risk was losing my car, or doing some significant damage and having to pay a tow-truck to come all the way out there.
Metaphorically speaking though, I’m glad I did it. We had a goal, we weren’t sure how we were going to get there, we came up against some obstacles (the pot-holed road and the unexpected stream) and we plowed right through.
Another time when I was in boy scouts, we went on this week long hiking trip in the Sierras. We’d come across these rivers we’d have to cross, and sometimes it took a while to find a decent place.
But once there were NO places where we could cross without getting wet. So that’s what we did.
We stripped down to our tighty-whitey’s, and walked across carrying our packs over our heads.
Cold! But REALLY cool.
Again, same principle. You have a destination, and you have an obstacle. You could either turn around and go home, or power right through.
Most people, when they think about what they’d like to achieve in life, everything’s fine until they come up against an obstacle.
Then they suddenly change their mind.
The secret of getting ANYTHING you want is to make the decision to do WHATEVER it takes.
Most people are simply NOT willing to do that. Sure, they’d love to RECEIVE whatever they want. But as soon as somebody starts talking about “risk” or “trial and error” or “feedback” or “obstacles” they run home to re-read their favorite books on the Law of Attraction or something. That’s EASIER than actually getting their hands dirty.
Which is the sad truth about most folks today. They’d rather believe in fairy tales that deliver NOTHING, than actually get out into the world and do the work.
But if you are willing to do the WORK, you CAN get anything you want.
Belief. Action. Feedback. More Action.
Keep that up, never stop, and the world is yours.