You can’t bargain with success principles.


Life is a series of brain juggling exercises.  We consider all the variables that enter into an equation.  We try to determine how each variable affects the whole.  What would happen if…?   Like multiple choice tests, some answers simply don’t fit and are easy to discard.  Then you get to the more complex answers, the more nuanced answers.   And even more complicated, you get to the answers that require compromise.  What am I willing to compromise?  Hmmm.

That is a very good question.  And that is the subject of today’s blog.

Let me throw out two principles.  You tell me, are these negotiable?

  1. To be successful I need a direction.
  2. To be successful I need to move in that direction.

The clearer I am about the direction I’m heading the more likely it is that I will reach my destination.

The more I take steps in the direction I’ve chosen the sooner I will get there.

So now, what happens when I try to negotiate with myself about these two principles?  Who am I fooling when I come up with excuses for why I am not clarifying where I want to head?  Or who am I fooling when I rationalize not moving toward my chosen destination?

I guess it all boils down to how much I want to get to where I want to go.  It’s really not that complicated.  I might like to get stuck in the formula because that gives me an excuse.  But in fact it’s pretty simple.  If I want to get somewhere I need to identify some place on the map, look at a compass, and get going.   Bargaining will get me nowhere.

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