It’s crucial now more than ever to step up to the plate
I get it. We’re all struggling with something. Not enough time, not enough skillsets, not enough knowledge, not enough resources, not enough power, the list goes on and on. Whether it’s our fault or not, “bad” and “inconvenient” things are going to happen to us. They’re going to suck, it’s not going to be fun, and it’s going to stare us down like a Grizzly Bear in your face and have power over us until we deal with it.
A quick reminder though that we wouldn’t even appreciate the “good” things in our life without the trials of struggle. That is why people feel so great after workouts. Yes, the workouts themselves may be annoying and uncomfortable. But afterwards, you feel like you can take on anything.
But back to our common struggles.
For some of us, it’s our physical figure. For more increasingly frequent instances, it’s our anxiety and happiness. For others, it’s our wealth and our control over our financial situations. We all have our “weak points.” The differentiator between those that overcome them and those that don’t is that it’s only a matter of what we’re actually going to do about it.
I personally have been struggling with the “wealth” struggle for some time now. I barely have any savings/money set aside for retirement, I don’t have a budget put together, I have credit card debt, school loan debt, animal hospital debt, car loan debt, you name it. But I’m not going to run away from it anymore. I’m not going to say “poor me” and “why does this only happen to me.”
We must remember that people have come from far more difficult situations and achieved far more success. For example, one of my favorite inspirational stories of all time is the main plot of the book “Grit” by Dr. Paul Stoltz. Yes, you heard that right, not the one by Angela Duckworth (which is also a great read) but the one by Dr. Stoltz.
In the book, he talks about a guy named Khosro Khaloghli who grew up in the Middle East and during that time, his family was so poor, they relied on him to walk several miles each day just for one loaf of bread to feed the entire family. Sometimes, other neighborhood kids would bully him and fight him over that loaf of bread. If he didn’t learn to fight back, his family would starve that day.
Eventually, he started working in construction and came across an American ally who wanted to help him out. So the ally helped send him to America for more opportunity. The only thing in English he learned was the word “school.” When he landed in LA, he’d constantly ask where the nearest school was and keep following the pointed directions of whoever could help him out.
Eventually, he was lucky enough to come across someone who could also speak his language and he explained to Khosro that it would be possible to get into UCLA if he tried out for the wrestling team. The coach made a deal with Khosro that if he could beat out his top wrestling athlete, he could be enrolled at the University.
After blacking out from being so immersed in the wrestling, Khosro came back into consciousness to find out he had won!
After getting a college education, he then invested in a trucking company and made it more effective and efficient. After doing this with several other companies, he became one of the richest men on the west coast and a multi-millionaire mogul with a house on a clifftop overlooking the ocean.
If Khosro can accomplish all that, then surely we can all overcome, or at least make progress on, the struggles we are going through. It’s time to step up and shove that giant Grizzly Bear of FEAR, DOUBT, HESITATION, PROCRASTINATION out of the way and show the world who’s boss. Some recommended action steps:
- Write down a result you’d like to have
- Now ask yourself how you can 10x that result as needed (adds excitement and passion and energy to it)
- Work backward to ask yourself what’s a big move or deal you could put together to get one step behind that result
- Work backward again to ask yourself what’s the smallest step you can do to be closer to that goal.
- If you honestly have no idea where to begin, find someone who has results that you’d like to have or knows how to help you get there
- If you don’t know anyone who can help you, google some answers. Read some books. GO ALL IN. No more messing around.
- Challenge yourself to make MASSIVE PROGRESS towards your goals each day and never look back at that person who was intimidated by that Grizzly Bear.
Take control. Get out from under that blanket. Step up and TAKE ACTION. The world is waiting for you and it’s counting on you.