We all look for a faster better way to do something. We look for the short cut. Some industry inside information that will elevate us at a far higher rate of return than those we are travelling with. Perhaps that works in the business world and real-estate but it does not work in personal growth and self-development.
The shortest distance between where you are and where you want to be is a long line. There are no short cuts and the sooner you stop looking for hidden solutions, that some divine inspired person was given the special right to possess, the sooner you will do what needs to be done, to have the life you want, and be grateful for the life you have.
No human being has any special power. The idea of the god-king who is somehow a conduit between the divine and the human is as untrue as the hoax that we faked landing on the moon. No really. All that advancement in science and technology? We’ve done nothing with it. It’s all Hollywood. Smoke and mirrors. Why? Don’t worry about that. The hidden, dark forces that are conspiring or perhaps already running the world don’t want you to know.
You cannot think like a god-king. You were not born to greatness, but you were born to be great. You are not a god, but you are divine. Human and divine. You were not born with it, but you have everything you need to be who you want to be and to do what you want to do.
You need to pick the longest line. You need to prepare yourself for a long voyage. You have to make commitments and plans for a time you cannot yet see nor understand. You have to be ready to finish something, instead of always hoping and dreaming of being something.
A commitment to be done is not easy. You might fail. You might look the fool. You will hand your enemies another example for which they’ll hang you, but that is what you have to do. You have to embrace your fear, you have to suspend your urge to know how and what life will be, and get to work. You have to leap into the possibility that what you do today will matter tomorrow. To somebody, someway, because that is all you can really do anyway.
But don’t lose heart about your long distance short cut. History has shown over and over again that overnight success and the sudden appearance of luck, upon a careful inspection, reveals a commitment and a tenacious will to finish something.
It doesn’t matter what your dreams are. How big they are. How long the road to get there seems or unwinds itself before you. Just begin. Begin doing what you know you want to do, even if you do it in a few moments that you manage to steal throughout the day.
It doesn’t matter how imperfect or ugly it all looks. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. It doesn’t matter how many times you get down on yourself and want to walk away. What matters is that you don’t walk away. It matters that you keep moving forward and it matters most of all that you no longer look for short cuts, but look for infinite ways to finish.
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