“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” -Unknown
Keep this in mind whenever you are deciding how important something or someone may be to you to accomplish or have.
When you find yourself not believing that you can or not wanting to do or try something, you will find an excuse that will get you out of it. The results for doing this is that you remaining in your comfort zone, never reaching your potential, and always wondering after the fact if maybe you missed your opportunity.
When you find yourself valuing the thing or person that you want, you will look at every way possible to acquire what you need and actually do what it takes to get it. The results for doing this is that you will start to make progress in your life, always opening yourself up for new opportunities, and things and people will attract themselves to you because of your ability to make thing happen.
I learned this principle when I was in Navy Recruit Training back in 2006. I took the initial swim qualification, and I did not do well at all. Each day after that, I had to go to the pool area to learn how to pass each section of the 3rd class swim qualification. There were days that I wanted to give in because I could get it, but in my mind, I knew passing this was important to me because I wanted to prove that I can succeed at something that not a lot of people had faith in me doing at the time. Eventually, after 5 weeks of going and putting in the work, I had finally passed my 3rd class swim qualification. The results of me passing that qualification led to the following:
- Graduating Navy Recruit Training and enjoying a successful Navy career for 10 years and counting.
- Being able to live in and see different places such as New Jersey, Italy, and California.
- Fulfilling my promise to my wife to make a better life for us.
- Most importantly, make believers out of those who believe that I did not know what I was doing or did not have faith in me trying the unknown.
I am sure that when it comes to you doing what is important to you, you will do what it takes to make it happen. It will ultimately come down to you determining what and who you are willing to either help you make it or let you turn it down. Let’s remember that if you want anything in your life, you cannot be an excuse maker and pass on it; you must be an action maker go after it!
-Michael J. Fite