So what is stopping you? You want to get fit or fitter, you want to spar or compete at a higher level, you want to shoot faster and more accurately, you want to become a team leader or manager, you want to protect yourself and your family, you want to be rich, you want to be someone people look up to, SO WHAT IS STOPPING YOU?
I have goals, notice I said goals. I have one major goal in my life, my end product as it were, that is where I want to be. But what I need to do on my path to my final destination is broken down into singular goal accomplishments.
This is where most people have failed before they even start. Never mind having a final destination, they don't even have a flight plan, taxi way, take off, flight or approach to be able to land at their desired destination. And there may not be just one flight to get there, there may be lots of them.
The walls Randy Pausch wrote about are indeed there to keep the mediocre behind those who want to dare to achieve great things, but most people fail to see the point of the walls.
The walls are not obstacles, each wall is your immediate goal, how you achieve that goal is up to you, go over it, under it, round it or through it. But guess what, when you get past that wall, achieve that immediate goal on route to your final destination there is going to be another wall, another goal. This is what stops people from achieving their ultimate desire because we never know how many walls, how many goals we must achieve before we reach out and claim our desire.
For some it may be many, for others only a few but you must realise that each wall that is overcome that is another goal achieved, it is another step closer to where you want to be.
There are many reasons why people put off even starting to achieve there immediate goal but the thing is that when you procrastinate, those builders are busy building more and more walls, more goals you are going to have to achieve to get to where you want to be. Put off today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year and the walls will mount up, obstacles will mount up which is going to make it harder to achieve that immediate goal, that is why you must start now to reduce the amount of walls, the amount of goals you must achieve along your path.
If we look at grappling or ground defence for combat, for every technique there is a counter and for every counter there is another counter and so on and so forth. When the pressure and pain are on, when the mind stops thinking, that is the moment you fail.Failing to achieve your goal means you must look for another route, failing to achieve your goal may mean you give up on your dreams forever, failing on the street though could ultimately cost you your life.
So whatever is your immediate goal and whatever is your final goal, remember:
'A man can be beaten in two ways, if he gives up or dies' Richard Machowic