Becoming a Butterfly

“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked?

“You must want to fly so much, that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar…”

Most of us want things – we want more money, more success, more time, more fitness, more love, more freedom. People say they really, really, want that thing they crave. Until it becomes hard, and they start making excuses.

Want more money? Then work more hours, study and upskill in your spare time, start a full or part time business, reduce your spending and increase your savings… make sacrifices and put in the work!

Want more time? Then prioritise, calendarize your priorities, say “no” to low level activities, and work like a maniac to complete high priorities in fewer hours… avoid distractions and put in the work!

The secret of the very successful

Successful people are often no smarter, no more talented, and no better looking than most of us. What makes them ultra-successful is their consistent work ethic. They crave success so much that they happily give up activities / distractions / associations that do not assist them in achieving their goals. They enjoy the journey and play the long game.

Super models get hungry just like you and me, but they are disciplined about what they eat and drink. All Blacks have days when they really do not want to go to the gym or team practice. J K Rowling struggled with writer’s block like every writer, but she kept writing even when not in the mood and after publishers’ rejections. And so on.

What separates the successful from the rest is consistency, and what they give up in pursuit of their goals.

Be honest – How badly do you want it?

As a society we admire success, but there is no shame in being average. It’s OK to want a balanced life, to sometimes eat junk food, or watch more Netflix than we should. It is your life, your choice, and you will reap the results of your choices over time.

The successful seldom get there through “luck”, but because of hard graft. Whether or not you put in the work is your choice – but be honest, admit when you choose to be average.

“If you want it badly enough you will find a way.

If you don’t you will find an excuse.”

Jim Rohn

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