Thursday, 3 November 2011

To Get What You Want - Reach For The Sky!

How hard are you willing to work to get what you want?

George Bernard Shaw said ~ "The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them."

We all want the easy route, the quick fix, the goods to come flowing instantly...Nonetheless like Thomas Edison said 'Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.'

I know this to be true...By working hard and putting every effort into what you do, you are bound to come good in the end. Now it will not necessarily happen over night. Patience really does win the race. But rest assured it will happen.

Unfortunately historically there is something other than patience or hard work that has prevented me from achieving what I want - procrastination. A trait that I am really trying to bury. I have had numerous ideas over the years...I talked about starting something or I started and left things incomplete. I wanted to be a black belt in karate, 3 grades away and a knee injury and now a year has passed since I last participated in the sport with no mention of my black belt until now.

Being in Asia I too will be fluent in Mandarin, excess work loads and this and that meant that I missed my exam and I have not continued (I will enroll tomorrow for I want to do, this - I am serious). Honestly it is Excuses, excuses, excuses. Businesses have been started, books incomplete, journeys unfinished. My efforts are sometimes mediocre. In fact this quote applies to me at times:

'Many people think they want things, but they don't really have the strength, the discipline.  They are weak.  I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough.'  ~Sophia Loren. It is not necessarily wrong to want something badly as a motivator to ensure that you get it, it is just that for me, there are too many woulda, shoulda, coulda moments.

I have realized that I need to start Reaching For The Sky.... Finish what I start. It's like when someone starts a sentence and does not complete it - how annoying. That's how I make myself feel when I do not finish, annoyed!

People remember you for what you have done, not for what you say you will do. Don't get me wrong I have many achievements that I am proud of. In fact I hold pride in several things I have attained. However I have too many incomplete chapters in my life.

There was a tv quiz show in the 90s called Mastermind, and when the buzzer rang during a time the host was posing a question, he would always say 'I've started so I'll finish.' We need to do what we say will do. Of course there is room to take a different path to what you planned to get to your destination, but do, what you planned! Make that your mantra - I have started so you I'll finish.

Keep reaching for the sky!


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