I recently read a quote or statement that said that the graveyard is full of unrealized goals, un-lived dreams and untapped-into potential.
I am not sure if it is just me, but this statement just resonates with me. It does sound a little morbid, but it paints such a clear picture of what I don’ want. Who wants to wake up one day and say to themselves:
- “I wish I would have done more”.
- “I wish I could have done that.”
- “I wish I would have pursued that”
- ” I wish I didn’t spend so much time on that”
All of these statements are things that I can change now. I have control over all of these things.
My mentor said it this way.
He said that the pain of regret weighs tons, and the pain of discipline weighs ounces.
If it is not obvious to you. This statement means that it is much easier to do the things today and everyday, that is necessary for you to realize your potential and live your life to the fullest, by just implementing the right daily disciplines in your life. The work is hard, but when you are consistent it gets easier.
But if you don’t do the things you are supposed to do. And you allow neglect in certain areas of your life to creep in. Whether it is your health, your wealth, or your education and knowledge, then one day you will wake up and have regret. Because when you don’t focus on these important things in your life, and you neglect them consistently for a long period of time. You will eventually wake up one day, and because of it, you will have regrets.
You will wake up one day at age 50 and know that you don’t have enough, or any money, saved for retirement. You will go into work one day at 52 and learn that your company is not doing so well, and so they will be letting you go. And because all you have every done at the company was one thing for many years, your skill set isn’t transferable to another job very easily.
And as I have learned from first hand experience in my personal life. If you neglect your health for years and years it will eventually catch up to you. As I am typing this, I can still see my fathers face as he was sitting in the emergency room that day. I didn’t know and he didn’t know what was going on, but I know that it was the last time I saw him alive.
My dad was the best dad anybody could have. I loved my dad. He would do anything for anybody. I had a great child hood. But when it came to health and wellness, my dad was just not that interested in it. I hate to say that he didn’t think about it, but he was old school. If he wasn’t bleeding or hurting, than nothing was wrong.
He would occasionally go on diets to lose a few pounds. Or cut out certain foods here and there. But it just wasn’t his top priority. He was too busy doing work and life.
I am not sure about you, but I know for me that I never want to wake up one day and say any of the above statements. I want to reach my potential in every aspect of my life. I want to be the best husband that I can be. I want to be the best I can be in my community and church. I want to make the most money that I can make. I want to be in the best shape and health I can be in. I want to buy and own as many rental properties that I can buy.
You name it, and I want to achieve it. But it isn’t going to happen unless: I choose to realize and fulfill my full potential. My potential isn’t going to be realized doing things I shouldn’t be doing. It isn’t going to be realized and fulfilled by spending hours and hours doing things that should only take one hour. It isn’t going to realized and fulfilled by listening to people who don’t even know or care about what I am trying to accomplish.
Nope none of this will happen unless I decide and go all in.
I have to make the decision today and everyday, that I will do nothing and I will do everything that it takes to realize and fulfill my full potential.
Are you with me?
I didn’t hear you!
Are you with me?
If you are with me. Drop me note in the comments section wherever you read this and let’s make it happen.
To your success and your future.