Let’s pretend you have a goal you want to achieve and it’s really important to you. You think about this goal during the day and dream about it at night.
Then along I come and offer you an alternative.
I say: “I have a proposition for you, my friend. I’ll give you one hundred bucks cash, here and now, and you can forget about your goal. You no longer need to achieve it. Or you can continue onward and take your chances. What’s it going to be?”
Assuming that your goal was something other than making a sum total of one hundred smackers, what would you do?
I posed this question to a few teenagers recently and none of them went for the moolah. I was so pleased – yet felt this wasn’t good enough until I upped the ante to one thousand fungolas. Their answer was the same; a resounding “no.”
When I was a teenager my response would have been the same, regardless of the figure. If I was offered seven figures NOW – or the opportunity to work my gluteus maximus off to become a champion, I would have taken the latter every single time.
Now, I realize that many throughout the world would take the payout and get the thrill of immediate gratification. They’d say, “To hell with goals, achievement and disciplining yourself to a cause that ultimately may not come about. I want the dough.”
Yet, of all the achievers I’ve ever met and whom I respect, I doubt that a single one of them would take the payoff. The achievement of something that you’ve worked for is of far greater value than a hand-out.
Each and every day I practice the Chinese art of taiji quan. Let’s suppose my purpose in practicing is nothing more than to enjoy good health and have peace of mind. And then you come along with a suitcase full of cash and trinkets, offering me seven or eight figures if I’d give up my practice.
My decision would be immediate as well as final: “Get out.”
Now imagine that you’re an incorrigible and irascible trust fund child and you have a nine-figure inheritance forthcoming that you believe you are 100 percent entitled to… NOW. We’re talking about at least one hundred million doll-hairs that can and will be ALL YOURS – BUT ONLY IF you complete a plethora of goals within two years time. These goals include reading 25 classics, running a sub-5-minute mile, learning to play a musical instrument, speak a foreign language, learn a martial art… as well as avoiding certain actions deemed negative. In this particular case, it would mean no swearing, no smoking, no drinking and no “nookie.”
If you failed to achieve the above, you’d get NOTHING. On the other foot, you can give up now and take ten percent of the total – and the other amount goes to someone you vehemently loathe.
Can you say “OUCH” loud enough to wake the neighbors and stir the sleeping cat, dog and hamster?
Well, there’s a novel called The Will by Benjamin Laskin, and it will guide you through a riveting scenario of “the two choices” highlighted above. I recently read this book and could not put it down. I believe you’ll feel the same way about it because you’re literally observing the transformation of a young man from privileged-class “loser” to bonafide success story who succeeded AFTER being stripped of every advantage he had – including his car, his income, his father’s credit card line, and much more.
Because you’re a lover of Psycho-Cybernetics and understand it’s profound and positive message, I sincerely foresee The Will to be a winner in your eyes. That’s why I’m giving it a double-thumbs UP and a double-big toes UP.
Grab your copy today and be sure to write me and exclaim how much you loved the book.
Live it. Be it. Do it.
P.S. About that seminar in May? At the present I’m looking on an event in Toronto in August. I may still be able to squeeze a health and fitness seminar or a Psycho-Cybernetics seminar in sometime in the latter part of May, but things are currently uncertain due to some baseball obligations. I will keep you informed and updated as I learn more.