From time to time I’ll include posts on great books that can provide excellent inspiration to achieve those BIG, wonderful goals that you dream of achieving. A couple of months ago I was wandering around Amsterdam airport, my flight was delayed a couple of hours, and as always I ended up in the nearest bookshop. It’s funny how at times like that I often trip over a book that’s really special – you can’t go looking for it, it seems to come looking for you.
In the bookshop was a table of recommended books – both old and new. And the bright red cover of this one just jumped out at me. How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be: The 25 Principles of Success by Jack Canfield. Jack Canfield was also one of the originators of the inspirational stories and motivational essays collected together as Chicken Soup for the Soul.
So here’s a short excerpt or a long quote that really says it all when it come to who has responsibility for achieving your goals. Enjoy.
“YOU CAN’T HIRE SOMEONE ELSE TO DO YOUR PUSH-UPS FOR YOU”
As motivational philosopher Jim Rohn so aptly put it “You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you.” You must do them yourself if you are to get any value out of them. Whether it is exercising, stretching, meditating, reading, studying, learning a new language, creating a mastermind group, setting measurable goals, visualizing success, repeating affirmations, or practicing a new skill, YOU are going to have to do it. No one else can do these things for you. I will give you the road map, but you will have to drive the car. I will teach you the principles, but you will have to apply them. If you choose to put in the effort, I promise you the rewards will be well worth it.”