It’s not where you start that counts. It’s where you finish.
Take this ideal to heart and apply it to every aspect of your life—happiness, health, physique, relationships, prosperity, career and achievements; anything that’s of significant value.
Always remain determined that you will indeed have your way in the end. Let there be no doubt. Open your mind to the idea and promote it to yourself as who you want to become. Make it part of your essence, your character. Let it be the driving force behind all your worthy endeavors. Let it become a superpower.
You will finish strong. You will achieve personal greatness. You will not be stopped. Repeat it over and over again. Re-wire your mindset.
No one ever needs to know the extent of your ridiculous, never ending, and hardcore commitment. This is no one else’s concern because it’s about being your own man; about achieving your Life’s Destiny by becoming the very best you can be, which is a personal matter between you and the Creator.
It’s a sacred pursuit. And it’s the reason your heart continues to beat each day.
Keep it to yourself and the world will never see you coming—until it’s too late and you have ascended to the peak of where it is you want to be.
Perhaps your primary aim is not a quantifiable outcome, but simply a state of being. And perhaps as well there is no end point to your particular goal. Good, because you will then have an unlimited source of white hot motivation. You will have fuel for the ages. Every man should be so lucky. Your life will be imbued with purpose and overflowing with meaning for the whole ride.
But to get there you will need to eliminate all excuses.
It doesn’t matter how hard you’ve fallen or even if you were never that good in the first place.
Neither does it really matter how long it takes you to get to where you want to be, as long as you can eventually claim your summit. Once you’re there, you’re there. That’s all that counts in the end; not the effort and not the time. You will thank yourself for never giving up.
What’s of primary importance is that you will be in constant determined pursuit, that you will never stop and that you are indeed committed to succeed; so that at some point the chase itself will become its own reward.
And if you conduct yourself with Virtue, you’ll be living on a higher plane all along the way.
So craft your Life Mission and then specify the details of your Life Vision—exactly what it is you desire to achieve during the very short time you have on this planet.
And then pick your One Thing and wrap all the facets of your life around it.
Light your life on fire and keep the heat on for an even steady burn.
Take pride in the fact that every day is another fresh opportunity to exercise and develop your indomitable core—Every obstacle will be turned on its side to add depth to your character; every setback will be relished as an opportunity to learn; and every disappointment will be used to toughen you up and harden your will.
You see, you have an advantage over other men. You have committed your life to the Long Game.
It doesn’t matter what the cost, what the effort or how long it takes. You will not stop and you will never quit. When others will work to find a way out, you will fight to find a way back in. You are committed to a war of attrition; against circumstances, difficulties, other people and your own weaknesses.
But besides the brute force approach you will also be smart. You will self-manage so that you can last. You will take it to the wall when you have to, but also make sure to get proper rest and recover when necessary.
And you will constantly sharpen your axe as well. You will educate yourself and leverage any expertise you can, to learn and get better. You will get tougher, smarter and highly skilled at what you do until one day when it begins to compound into more than just the sum of its parts; until it becomes intuition, until it becomes instinct.
This is when the magic will begin to happen. This is when things will begin falling into place and when it will all become second nature. You will be in congruence with and become part of the natural order—a Force of Nature as I call it.
You will have tapped into the energy that surrounds us all; implicitly and by definition.
Difficulties will be handled with confidence, composure and ease. Your indomitable Vision combined with Right Action will begin to bend reality in your favor. Unexpected opportunities will present themselves and you will begin to see your life in a new light.
It will be a bumpy but exciting ride as you continue to pare away. For decades you will continue. There will always be an urgency to you efforts, but you will never be impatient. You will be living your life in the present moment and enjoying it all.
Committing your life to the Long Game will imbue you with confidence and peace of mind. After all, the big decision has already been made—you will never stop. So then what’s to worry about? You will indeed enjoy every moment and you will Enjoy Your Own Company.
All that remains is the work.
After all, there has to be some challenge each day.
Play the Long Game.
All the best,