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Calendar Wisdom

November 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Occasionally, the message on my desk calendar gives me pause. Today was such a day. When I tore off yesterday’s message, I read this one-liner:

How badly do you want it?

When confronted with challenges, especially when we thought the task should have required little or no effort, the answer to this brief question determines our next steps. How important is the ‘it’ to us or to someone else? What is the goal? I thought of another statement that I keep at my desk as motivation in times when I am tempted to give up too easily, credited to H.L. Hunt:

“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.”

Although we are entering (or are currently immersed in) the Christmas season when the focus is on giving, in about a month, many people will make New Year’s resolutions. The focus shifts back to us and what we want to accomplish during the coming months or year. Some of those resolutions will be recycled from years past; others will express new hope for a different future. In many cases, the process will resemble H. L. Hunt’s advice. Whether the goal is to lose weight, save more money, graduate or get a promotion, determination and effort must be involved. The pounds will not just drop off nor will our wallets miraculously bulge with additional cash without a plan and the application of it. Some sacrifice will be required (alas, no more midnight snacking or impulse spending).

The problem often is the plateau. The plateau is the time when the process gets on your nerves, after you have put in a good effort and no one would blame you if you quit. The results so far have been pretty good, although the ultimate goal has not been achieved yet. When you reach that plateau–those stubborn last few pounds to shed or you are tired of living on a budget–remember that simple one-liner: How badly do you want it? Let those simple words be the impetus for success.