When I was a kid I'd wake up in the middle of the night and scream. I wasn't having bad dreams. I just had particularly horrible growing pains. I would wake and my legs would hurt so badly. I remember one really bad night when I got out of bed to try and ease the pain. I ended up falling asleep, whimpering, in the doorway to my room.
My mom always told me these were growing pains. Maybe I grew really fast at that point. I don't know, but I do know this — even today, growing tends to hurt.
If you want to grow your income, grow as a person, as a business, as a husband, wife, mother, father, friend… you're probably going to have to push yourself. And yeah, it may hurt.
Hey, It's Work
Why does it hurt? First and foremost, it hurts because you have to work. That's right my friend, you have got to make some effort. A lot of people say that the only real way to make money is to work a 9 to 5. That's not true.
The real truth is, most people can get away with “working” 8 hours a day by doing a little bit of work and a lot of twiddling their thumbs (or checking Facebook and playing mini-games). They're really not having to put a whole lot of effort in. Then they can come home and claim they “have no time” The funny thing is, they say that while they're sitting on the couch watching TV or playing a video game. Funny how “time” is a relative thing.
The real problem is they don't want to put in the sustained, intense effort it takes to change their lives and their income. They don't want to spend their extra hours (long hours) building business systems… even if those systems will replace their full time income in a year or two. They don't want to put forth the initial effort. So they settle for a mediocre job that they really don't like now, in the hopes of what, a cake and a watch 20 years from now? If they're lucky, maybe. Chances are great they'll actually just end up with another mediocre job in a few years.
In the end, it takes hard work and a lot of effort. You can make a lot of argument for privilege and how somebody had the right circumstances. But a lot of people have the right circumstances. Really, they do. There are only a few people who will take the reigns of circumstance and run with it.
Get to work. Push yourself. Move beyond your comfort level. If you're comfortable doing it, you're probably not going to get the results you want.
I didn't say it won't be enjoyable. I get a huge rush at the end of the night when I write my journal post recording what I did that day. But I'm usually really tired, and know that I'll get up again the next morning and do it all over again. I still see some places where I need to work harder and be more efficient.
I could go on and on, give you analogy after analogy – but in the end, if you want the success, if you want to see your dreams come true, you're going to have to work hard. Work hard today for what you want tomorrow. It takes work to get to the top.
What are you waiting for? Get up and get going.[box type=”shadow”]I have a comfort zone… and I need to get out of it. I have income goals for the year, and I have a monthly figure I want to be making by the time December rolls around again. 30 years of experience tells me that will come so fast I'll wonder where the year went. I want to be crushing it by Christmas… and that means pushing myself harder than I've ever pushed before. I can do it. Can you?
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