Hope everyone has a blessed and beautiful Friday!
Picture this. You’re standing on conveyor belt. It’s carrying you down a long, narrow hallway. Each side of the hallway is lined with closed doors, small signs hanging just above their frame.
The messages on those signs is something that you need to pay close attention to. Very close attention.
The speed of the conveyor belt isn’t too fast – slow enough to let you comfortably open and step through one of the doors – but not much time to question your choice.
After a few moments, a door has passed you by forever.
Peering down the long hallway you see the belt is heading toward a larger door marked ‘EXIT.’
You have a fair amount of time before you reach this door, but make no mistake, you are forever moving toward it.
What is written on Those Signs???
After a few minutes, your curiosity gets the best of you and you focus intently on the writing above each door.
After passing a few doors trying your best to make out the small writing, you realize that each sign contains a personal goal, a change you’ve always wanted to make or a dream you’ve always wanted to achieve.
This corridor is your life.
Each door is an opportunity for change, for happiness, for success. Everything you have ever wanted to be, do, and have is represented by each door along the corridor.
And just like life, the longer you wait to step through the doors, the greater the chance that they’ll pass you by.
Eventually nearly every door will be behind you, impossible to enter. I say nearly because only one will remain – the one at the end of the corridor.
Before we move on, I have a question for you.
Do you know what would be written above each door? Do you know what you really want today, tomorrow, and ten years from now? If you don’t know what you want, you’ll never get anything more than you have right now.
But don’t worry! If you only know that you are dissatisfied with what you have now, all hope is not lost. There is great power in dissatisfaction; it’s the beginning of change and improvement.
A Fact You Must Realize
We aren’t talking about a hypothetical situation. You don’t have forever to do something about the things you want. But very few like to face this fact head on.
Deny it all you want – it’s true.
A great deal of my work is in honesty and truth – these are the cornerstones of motivation. It’s much more than getting excited and running out the door with a big grin on your face. It’s about letting the facts of life hit you and drive you toward a better life.
Today I want you to let the facts hit you. I want you to think about that hallway, and what signs would hang above each door.
I want you to look to the end of the hallway, toward the exit. Think about that. Think about the fact that you do not have an eternity to experience all the things you want to experience.
Recognize the fact that you may actually never become the person you know you are fully capable of becoming – if you fail to act.
Most people live life as if they’ll be around for the next thousand years.
‘Yeah, I’ve got goals, but what’s the rush?’ they think.
But the real winners in life, the ones who illuminate every room they enter, attract success in everything they do, and simply love being alive, never hide from the truth.
The use it to motivate them toward the things they want.
What You Need to Do Today
I want you to take just a few minutes today to think about the corridor, the conveyor belt, and the doors lining your hallway.
Really think about it.
The point isn’t to make you feel bad – it’s to inspire you with a sense of urgency and excitement. It’s to make you realize the truth and use it as motivation for the rest of your life.
Think about that hallway, my friend. Think about it.
If it scares you a little, that’s a good thing. Fear is a powerful motivator. But what do you do next? For many people, they get the urge to do something different in their lives but don’t know what to do with the feeling.
The drive soon dissipates and eventually disappears.
This doesn’t have to happen to your goals.
You have a choice to make at this very moment. You can continue to travel down the corridor of your life without making a move toward any door, or you can break out of the routine and start living life at an entirely new level.
Regardless of your choice, you’ll eventually reach the end of the line. I suggest you open as many doors as possible before that time arrives.
Jason M. Gracia