Growing up in the Hampton Roads area as a youngster, I have seen my share of toll roads. In fact, I remember along one particular expressway you couldn’t even get off an exit without paying. As I grew up and began to travel I have been taken by surprise by unexpected toll booths. I would dare say, some of you reading this have been caught behind me as I fumbled in my car for change and enraging travelers stuck behind me.
I have heard it said, “The difference between good and great is often the sacrifice one is willing to make to achieve it.” When we look at this in the perspective of the life we live compared to the life we really want, we see where it disconnects. In one word, it’s SACRIFICE. I have never met someone who didn’t want more, but the issue seems to be their ability to see this principle. If you’ve ever sat frustrated with your lot in life, you know exactly what I am speaking of. Deep down inside you know full well it is never about what others have done, or not done for you. It’s what you would not do for yourself.
I want to share three simple words that will help you identify where you are in the process and what is truly required of you:
• It all starts with your attitude: Attitude is key! In fact, you can have all the intelligence in the world but if your attitude is one of negativity and strife; you will never attract the right life. I’ve seen people with all the potential in the world, but one blind spot of their attitude ruined any chance for them to step over into greatness. We must address our internal expectations before we can expect to excel.
• Next, establish the right circle of accountability: To some, this is a dirty word. Some see accountability as a fence or barrier to progress. But if you adjust your thinking to see accountability as the structure that holds the bridge of ‘greatness’ up, you learn to embrace it. Imagine how nervous you would be to cross a bridge with no guard rails. Chances are you would turn around and seek out another route. Many are wandering now because they lack authentic accountability.
• Last, you have to take action: A good attitude without the proper action is like a brand new Ferrari without an engine. It’s going nowhere fast. Sure you look great standing next to it or even sitting behind the wheel. But it’s all a show. Action is the one part of the puzzle you cannot ignore. Life boils down to those who take action and those who do not. How many ideas have you filed away as ‘unattainable’ because you lingered too long? Action could have made you a millionaire five times over by now.
Greatness is not easily accessed. If it were, ever person on earth would be realizing their power every single day. But the sad reality is, it is not. Greatness costs. Often it costs more than most are willing to pay. We have to learn to sacrifice what we like to do now so we can live the way we desire in the future. Look at it as sowing seeds this year for the harvest coming next year.