The journey of an extraordinary life is a series of small, important steps. It is easy to see "successful" people and think they simply got lucky or that success fell in their laps. I have experienced just enough success and just enough failure to know that it is not merely luck that gets a person anywhere worth going. Happy marriages, booming businesses, new cars, and first-class tickets do not come to those who sit around and do nothing. These things - and so much more - come to those who take chances and make choices daily to do the right thing. And not only a good choices, but choices that move life in the direction of one's goals, dreams, and desires.
Here is an example from my own life. When Joe and I had to put a new transmission in our van we also had to take out a loan of $4,000 (nearly $5,000 with interest) to pay for it. Finances were a bit tight so this was no pocket change for us. We payed our minimums for over two years. I really don't remember how long because it seemed like forever! In that time we received a gift specifically for the tranny. The gift was $1,000 from some very generous and kind-hearted friends. At last we were able to pay the loan down to roughly $1,200. All interest was on the front end so we knew exactly what was left on the loan.
This is when we made one small, important decision. We began taking $25 every Friday and putting it on the loan, on top of our regular monthly payment. It didn't seem like much. Fast forward four months:
I went online to make a payment and when I opened the website it said, "Balance: $0".
I thought it just meant that I owed $0 because I was ahead on my monthly payments. But when I looked further it stated that a reimbursement check of $458 was on the way! The bill was paid in full and much more!
What if I had just made my minimum payments? First of all, I would still be making monthly payments! Second, I would have missed out on this awesome, surprising, and rewarding blessing!
All of this took place because we were willing to make consistent, small, sacrificial choices and action steps in the right direction. Did we get lucky? Maybe, but we would not have experienced this "luck" if we hadn't been actively making efforts that put us in a place to receive this "luck."
What small, sacrificial step can you make today that will move you in the direction of your goals, dreams, and desires? Will you commit to taking an action step for the next 30 days, or the next 30 weeks, in anticipation of "luck" turning in your favor with this new, consistent habit? Please share your commitments in the comment box below.
The extraordinary journey comes as a result of small, important steps.