I think sometimes we forget about the ups and downs of life. When we see famous people or read book series by popular authors, we don't see what goes on behind the scenes. Well, perhaps if you are into Hollywood gossip, you enjoy looking at what goes on behind the scenes. But many of us read about success and want it for ourselves right now. However, most true achievements are cultivated over time and with commitment.
Take the guys from LifeisGood.com for example.
In 1989, Bert and John Jacobs designed their first tee shirt. They knew nothing about the business.
For five years, the brothers hawked tee shirts in the streets of Boston and traveled the East Coast, selling door-to-door in college dormitories.
They collected some good stories, but were not very prosperous. They lived on peanut butter and jelly, slept in their van, and showered when they could.
Chicks were not impressed.
By the Fall of 1994, heading home from a long, less-than-fruitful roadtrip, Bert and John were desperately searching for answers to keep the dream alive. Little did they know, the only answer they needed was back in Boston, hanging up on their apartment wall.Jake’s contagious grin, simple as it was, seemed to express everything the Jacobs brothers believed in.
Basically they made some shirts with the little smiling guy almost on it as a last resort. Little did they know it would become a huge success. Now you can find their t-shirts in retail stores all over the country. My friend was reading about their story in the newspaper and how they guys are now millionaires.
I think we read this story and think "Wow, I want to be that millionaire." But did you notice the time span between 1989 and 1994 when they were living in their van trying to make things meet. That's commitment. That is a success that didn't happen overnight. However, we didn't hear about these guys and their company until they "made it big". We missed out on all those long days of little money and little recognition.
When you start something new, do you give yourself the real chance of succeeding? Do you fully commit or do you set unrealistic expectations for yourself?
Let's take another example. Say you wanted to be an artist. Would you expect all of your paintings to sell immediately? Would you say "Okay, I'm going to try this a few times and it better get me somewhere." No, you would study your craft, you would make a commitment, and you would learn about the market.
But how easily do we just look at the success we see around ourselves and want to be where it's at? Making the commitment to succeed, if not financially, but in becoming your personal best in a particular medium or perhaps in going deeper into your art is a worthwhile goal.
Today make the commitment for the long haul. Here's some starter ideas how.
- Identify what is it you want to do
- Find other people and see what they did
- Imagine what success would look like for you in this endeavor
- See yourself in 5 or 10 years, is this something you would still like to be doing?
- Mentally prepare yourself for the reality that it may be a long time before you see your results
- Make a commitment to yourself to follow through with this dream
- Better yet, get a coach to help see your through it (wink wink) or join a support group
Your dreams are worth it. Make a commitment to them and to yourself. Before you know, you'll look back and thank yourself.
"Life is a journey, it will take you where you need to go." - Christina Aguiliera