Based on my reflections over the past few months, I have come to more fully realize (and appreciate) that to successfully reach your dreams, you must pay a price. Now, I know there are the “lucky” few who somehow win the lottery, but these are definitely exceptions, and based on many of the stories we hear about these instant millionaires, I would argue that the price they pay comes after they win, not before  – and in the end I’m not so sure they’re the lucky ones.

What does paying the price mean? Well, it means a four letter word called w-o-r-k. Whatever your dream is, it requires dedication, sacrifice, and yes…. work. If you want to get that promotion at work it might mean getting some education, a certification, or just staying late. If you want to be something like a chef, coach, artist, musician, or anything that requires some kind of skill… you probably need to get training, no matter how good you are!

If you want better relationships – yes – you must work at it. After 24 years of marriage, I can attest to the fact that marriages and relationships take work. Sometimes lots of it.

I write this posting today because of comments I am hearing more often lately. People are saying – “well – I suppose this is as good as it gets” or “I’m getting used to the idea that I’ll never achieve the life I want”. No! No! No! Now, don’t get me wrong, sometimes we can strive for too much, at the expense of our peace of mind and happiness. However, if you have a dream… you have to work at it. If you run into obstacles… so what. How badly do you want your dream. If you aren’t willing to pay the price…. well, get used to the life you have, because… that’s as good as it’s going to get…. unless…. you go out and do something.

All the best…

All the time…

JT