June 17
The elevator to success
is out of order.  You'll
have to use the stairs,
one step at a time.

Joe Girard


Today's Meditation:

It's very easy in the world of today to start to think that we're somehow entitled to success and abundance--after all, there are tons of people telling us that the abundance of the universe is our God-given right, and all we have to do is think differently and we'll be blessed with everything we ever wanted.  We don't necessarily have to work for it or put forth any effort in order to get it.  All we have to do is step on the elevator and push the button for the successful level we desire, and we'll be taken to that level immediately.

But that truly isn't how things work.  As Joe says here, the road to success that depends on someone else's effort really doesn't work.  We can't become successful--especially in our hearts and consciences--without putting forth some effort of our own and actually climbing the stairs.

Personally, I love climbing stairs, and I do so whenever I can.  People look at me like I'm weird when I need to go to the fourth or fifth floor and I ask where the stairs are.  Most people ignore the question and point out the elevator, so I have to ask again where the stairs are.  I like the exercise, I like the effort, I like contributing to my own well-being by exercising even a little bit.

I grow a bit concerned when I hear people who want to be successful without putting forth any effort--and who feel that they deserve to be successful simply because they're here on this planet.  All in all, it's a pretty ineffective strategy for pursuing success.  But think of all the get-rich-quick schemes that we see, all the people who fall for the emails that tell them they've been chosen to take care of two million dollars that someone in Zaire needs to get out of the country, all those who can't believe that they've been fired for not doing any work.  Success takes effort, and we grow as people not due to the success, but due to the effort that we've made to become successful.

Questions to consider:

When was the last time that you climbed the stairs instead of taking the elevator?  How did it feel?

What have been your most fulfilling successes?  How have you arrived at them?

Why are so many people unwilling to climb the stairs if there's an elevator nearby?

For further thought:

The successful person is the individual who forms the habit
of doing what the failing person doesn't like to do.

Donald Riggs

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