Do you know how monkey-hunters catch monkeys? They use a box with an opening at the top, big enough for the monkey to slide its hand in. Inside the box are nuts. The monkey grabs the nuts and now its hand becomes a fist. The monkey tries to get its hand out but the opening is big enough for the hand to slide in, but too small for the fist to come out. Now the monkey has a choice, either to let go the nuts and be free or hang on to the nuts and get caught.
Guess what it picks every time? It hangs on to the nuts and gets caught. Sometimes, we are no different from monkeys. We all hang on to some nuts that keep us from moving forward in life. We keep rationalizing by saying, “I cannot do this because …” whatever follows are the nuts that we are hanging on to which are holding us back.
Success doesn’t happen to you; you make it happen. It’s about working hard to position yourself there. The bottom line is that you have to put in the work. It’s as simple as that. Be honest with yourself that it’s going to take both hard work and patience to get there. Look yourself in the mirror and ask if the time and work you’re putting into your goals realistically supports what you want. Even after you decide what your goals are, the hard part is maintaining the hustle afterwards.
Successful people don’t rationalize. Two things determine if a person will succeed: reasons and results. Reasons don’t count while results do.