Thursday, September 28, 2006

Success? Not so Tough to Understand!

Most people think success and happiness is tough to come by. Personally, I think success is very simple! SIMPLE! In it's most basic form, all you need to do to be successful, is:
  • Figure out what you want to do
  • Decide when you want it done by
  • List the Steps You Need to Do It
  • Do the stuff you put on the list
  • Reap the rewards / spend the money!
In it's simplest form...

Of course, in it's simplest form, climbing Mt. Everest is a simple matter of putting one foot in front of the other and holding on until you get to the top -- in it's simplest form...

Now, everyone knows -- or realizes pretty quickly -- that in order to perform the simple steps of climbing Mt. Everest, certain preparations must be made. There is conditioning that must take place in order to endure the perils of a seemingly simple process. There is strength that has to be gained, fears overcome, confidence developed, certain skills have to be acquired and mastered, and a definite plan and strategy has to be put in place, in order to competently execute the simple steps involved.

What most people don't quite realize, is that similar preparations have to be made in order to execute the simple steps of success listed above for other ventures too. Many times, certain types of strengths must to be gained, fears overcome, confidence developed, different skills have to be acquired and mastered, and a definite plan and strategy must be put in place... or we'll fall off of Mt Success just as easily as we could fall off Mt. Everest.

So the biggest question to ask regarding being successful (including getting rich) is the same question that has to be asked if you want to climb Mt. Everest! Are you willing to do what you NEED to do, in order to prepare for the expedition?

No matter what task or goal you are about to approach in your life, the same question must be asked, and the answer must be yes -- that is, if you want to "make the trip."

Success? Not so hard to understand... It's simple, really...

We'll get that answer from you later.


Friday, September 22, 2006

No Sausage Today?

I went to work this morning and, as is my occasional custom , I stopped at the little coffee shop to order my "usual" breakfast sandwich - sausage, egg and cheese on dark rye. A wonderful, cheerful young lady staffed the shop. I bid her a fine good morning and said, " I'd like my ceremonial breakfast sandwich and she said, "Okay, but we don't have sausage today..." I said, "hmmmm... that...well... nevermind," and walked away.

SOMETIMES... I want what I want ! and I wanted the sausage, egg and cheese, and I didn't feel like settling for "the next best thing", because... the next best thing is not what I wanted, and it wouldn't have satisfied the "craving." It might have satisfied the immediate hunger pang, but when it was all over (and eaten) ... that "craving" would have still been nagging me.

I like McDonald's Sausage McMuffin with Egg (there may be a trend, here...). It's my ceremonial travel sandwich. When I go on a road trip, I *always* stop at the first McDonald's I get to, and get a Sausage McMuffin with Egg combo, with the crunchy hash browns and the (now not too bad) medium coffee. As is my custom on the last trip, I stopped at Mickey D's, ordered my sandwich... didn't check it, got down the road about 5 minutes... opened it and... it was an Egg McMuffin --hardly the same thing. I ate it! because it was too much hassle to go back BUT... I still had the craving, so... the very next McDonalds I got to -- 15 minutes later -- guess what? I pulled in, ordered my Sausage McMuffin With Egg... CHECKED IT.... ate it.... ahhhh... was good. MMMMmmmmmm. Satisfied the craving. Of course now, I doubled my carbohydrates and was TOO full -- but the craving was satisfied!

We do that a lot in life! We settle for "close... but no cigar." Good 'nuff ! It's not what I really want,'s good 'nuff. We do it for cars (well... they didn't have it in burgundy right now, but the white was good 'nuff...); we do it for houses (I really wanted a two-car garage but...there wasn't one right now), we do it for relationships (well, we don't really talk the way I'd like to, but... it'll come; it's good 'nuff for now...). And while sometimes those decisions are necessary, a lot of times... they are not. And very often -- I dare say most of the time -- the "next best thing" we settle for doesn't satisfy the craving, and now we have TWO problems ! Not only don't we have what we want -- and still have the craving -- but NOW.... we're stuck with the color we didn't want, the house that's in the wrong neighborhood, the nasty sandwich, the unfulfilling job we hate, the spouse we can't really talk to or... whatever else is the case !

Sometimes... it just worth it to wait for -- or work for -- what you want. Sometimes... settling for good 'nuff, is not in your best interest. But those are the decisions we have to make every day.

So, before you settle for good 'nuff next time... be sure that you really need to. Sometimes, good 'nuff is right around the corner from the "real deal." After I settled for that white Hyundai Sante Fe back in 2001... the burgundy one came in the next day :-( I *really* liked the burgundy. Oh well... maybe the next time I buy a car.

Have an awesome day.