Personal victories cannot be had at rock-bottom prices. When it comes to self-discipline, people choose one of two things: either the pain of discipline, which comes from sacrifice and personal growth, knowing that sometimes you have to “give up” in order to “go up”, or they choose the pain of regret, which comes from taking the easy road, the path of least resistance, and missing opportunities.
Every day, every week, each person makes this conscious choice in life. What are you choosing?
Walter P. Chrysler said, “The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they’re out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers.”
With hindsight many people are able to recognize an opportunity after it’s already passed them by. Seeing opportunities coming – that’s a different matter altogether. Opportunities are seldom labeled in flashing neon lights. That’s why we have to learn what they look like and how to seize them. The most successful people make it their responsibility to go out and find them.
Put another way, opportunity only dances with those already on the dance floor and who aren’t afraid to ask.