Are you constantly thinking that there has to be a better way to get where you want to go? Do you believe that a shortcut must exist between you and your goals and you just haven’t found it yet, but when you do you will follow it and then you’ll finally live the life you’ve always wanted?
The Shortcut Myth
I hate to burst your bubble, but the idea of there being a shortcut that will allow you to get massive results with minimal effort is nothing more than a myth. It is a fallacy that will do nothing more than make you unhappy and frustrated because you’ll spend a lot of time searching for something that simply doesn’t exist.
That is what often drives people to read books about success and follow others in their field. They look for hidden clues as to how to detour around the difficulties. They are in search of the one piece of information that will propel them forward with the gusto of a stone being catapulted from a slingshot.
And when they don’t find it, they feel as if they have somehow failed. They are let down by a journey that is never completed and they feel betrayed, misled, and somehow wronged.
Accepting the Truth
The sooner you realize that you’re not going to find a hidden trail or an undiscovered path that exists between where you are now and where you want to be, the sooner your efforts will no longer be wasted by searching for something that doesn’t exist. You can then direct your attention to doing the things that will get you where you want to go.
That’s not to say that the people who have walked your journey before you can offer you nothing, as that simply isn’t true. They have a lot of valuable information that you can use in your own life, but to think that their journey somehow negates you having to take your own is just wishful thinking.
You can take their tips and tricks and apply them if they fit for you, learning from their mistakes without having to make them on your own. But be prepared to shed your own sweat, blood, and tears to get where you want to go because that is the only way your dreams are going to become a reality.
You will be required to put in the hard and effort necessary to have the career or personal life that you want. You are the person who is solely responsible for how far you go and using the lack of a shortcut as an excuse for failure isn’t going to help you live a life that is happy and complete. In fact, it will do just the opposite.
Plan for the Long Haul
You’ll get much further ahead if you plan for your journey to be longer than expected. That way you will have the provisions necessary, whether they are patience or energy, to help you from start to finish, finally realizing that you didn’t require a shortcut to get where you wanted to go. All it took was some good old fashioned faith and perseverance to help you through.
Think of the goals you have that you are constantly looking for shortcuts for. Now set those notions of shortcuts aside and create a plan that will actually get you there. Define the steps necessary to make them come true for you and put those steps into action.
What say you? Are you ready to let go of the shortcut myth and finally get the results you crave? The results you deserve?