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What is important would depend on whether your perspective is the short-term or the long-term. 

Comfort and Discomfort

Any goal that you earnestly set for yourself is achievable. People find that hard to believe, but it is true. There are two basic steps:

Step 1 - Decide EXACTLY what you want.

Step 2 - Resolve to PAY THE PRICE to obtain it.

Do you know why most of us don't take a stab at going after what we want? It is because 'the price' would mean discomfort. That is, using up time, energy, and money, which one may prefer to use for other things. Or expending tremendous emotional strength, e.g., changing habits, overcoming fears, or facing rejection, ridicule, or criticism. That's a lot of work!

But what if your life depended on something, would you 'pay the price'? Say, your doctor said you have only a few months to live but, if you go for a 5-hour treatment three times a week and control your food and liquid intake for the rest of your life, you could survive much longer. WOULD YOU DO IT? Well, a dialysis patient - a person whose kidneys have failed - undergoes such treatment; it is the price of survival. Why pay this price? Because life is so important. It is to that patient.

Backtrack a bit. Are you in good health today? What if someone told you to take care of your kidneys, that is, cut down on certain food you like, change your lifestyle, exercise regularly, and take nutrients daily?  Would you do it? I'll bet your answer would be 'IT DEPENDS'. It will all depend on how much discomfort it would give you, what you would have to give up. Life is so important, eh?

What is truly important to you would depend on your perspective of time. One who thinks only for the short-term would prefer to stay within the comfort of the status quo (if it ain't broke, don't fix it). One who thinks for the long-term would see that 'paying the price' is a discomfort whose benefit is realized in the future. It's hard to see this benefit, if the FUTURE IS NOT IN THE PICTURE.

What is truly important? Perhaps ensuring your kids' education or living comfortably in your golden years or your spiritual upliftment or attaining professional recognition or even making amends for a wrong you may have done to someone long ago; perhaps all of these. Whatever they are, decide them exactly. That's Step 1.

As for Step 2, remember this. Every goal is achievable. It may not be easy but, if it's important, the price would be worth it. So, resolve to get it done!

- Ramon Regozo




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