Decide, Delicious, Doable, Deserve, Develop
Have you ever noticed that people who quit don’t give up at the bottom of the mountain, they stop halfway up? Nobody sets out with the purpose of losing. The problem is often a mistaken belief that success will come easily. Those who quit fall into two categories: those who don’t realize the price of success, and those who know the price but are unwilling to pay it.
I would like to think I have the power to give people I meet the will to succeed, but I don’t. I wish I could adequately describe the importance of sacrifice and commitment, but I can’t. I wish I could convince them that the price of failure is far greater than the price of success, but I can’t. Each day, we should diligently attempt to share life lessons learned. Yet in truth, we know that we cannot force others to learn these things. Each must decide in his or her own heart whether the goal is worth the price that must be paid. We can show others what is doable, how they can develop necessary skills and how delicious the taste of success is, as well as what to expect to pay in order to succeed. It is their job to decide if they want to pay it!
No one can move closer to his or her potential without paying in some way to get there. Maybe former General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower put it best when he said, “There are no victories at bargain prices.” Yes, I know the price sometimes appears too great, but you can’t see the magnificent view from the top of the mountain by remaining at the bottom. And I can assure you, the view up here is spectacular!
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By Fredrick L Gilliland Ks 0060 May 14, 2018
I use your blogs at the end of each of our meetings as an inspiration for our members to think about for the up coming week. They pay heed to your blogs by expressing only great
comments on how they followed them for a good week of progress toward their weight loss journey.
By Robin (@rkosully) May 14, 2018
I fully agree with this post! “Diligence” is an important D word for me and is integral to my weight loss journey.
By Ron Wenberg May 14, 2018
WOW! Once again a powerful message. When I joined TOPS years ago I didn’t ever think I’d reach my goal, but I didn’t quit. When I finally saw the 200 in the view of my floor scale at home I KNEW I’d reach that goal. It took another full year, but I didn’t care how long it took me, because I decided I wouldn’t give up or quit. Here I am 42 1/2 years later still a KOPS and still Century Alumni. Quitting is not part of my vocabulary!
By Teri May 14, 2018
It’s true you can’t make people succeed. What you can do is be a role model and plant ides so that when the time is right for them to make the change, they can look back to your example or remember what you said to guide them on their way. We can’t always know how we may have influenced someone to change their behavior down the road, but I know that there are many who have influenced me to change who will never know. Guess I should make a point to let them know if I can.