I have been doing very well for the last month. I have been controlling my food, I have been exercising and I have lost four pounds. That is good.
I have also been listening to one of my favorite motivational speeches over and over and over again.
It's by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It's a speech which contains his rules for success...
And every time I listen to it, there is one rule that makes me tear up.
It's rule number 5.
Work your butt off...
Live leaving no stone unturned.
That's it, isn't it?
That is where nearly everything we ever regret has come from.
It isn't failure.
It's what we have failed to even attempt.
And if it is a failure, it's the lack of effort in the try.
Who regrets giving it their all and falling short?
I have never heard a person say: "Boy, do I regret giving it my all."
I HAVE heard people say..."If only I'd have tried harder."
"If only I hadn't quit when I did...I might have made something of myself."
Whether it was the military.
or a run.
or a marriage.
Or a more recent, personal example...
I have made a good friend who is an optimist.
I have always considered myself a 'realist'.
Well, we were at a water park...waiting in line for a water slide.
It was a very popular water slide..and when they closed it down because of lightening-
a bunch of people left (realists most likely).
Leaving us very near the front of the line.
We waited...and waited...for nearly 30 minutes.
The storm didn't look like it was going anywhere.
I advised us to leave and look for a different ride.
She wanted to stay, so we stayed..along with 5 kids.
In 15 minutes it opened..and we were at the front of the line.
How many times had I done that to myself?
Told myself that I was being realistic...when in reality I was simply quitting?
That little nagging voice in the back of my head...
"Did you really give it all you had?"
IF you have that voice and you can't give a declarative YES!...you didn't.
Because when you have given it all you have...you KNOW.
When you leave everything right there.
When you have lived leaving no stone unturned...
tried every avenue..
Gone to muscle failure.
Gone after your dream.
Gotten to the end of your rope, wove more rope...then got to the end of that rope as well...In an attempt to save your family, your business or your own life.
The tragedy is not giving it all you have and failing..
The tragedy is failing to try, and then attempting to excuse it,
and in the end knowing, ultimately, that you have failed only yourself.
Live leaving no stone unturned
and regret will just be a word in a dictionary.
Not your reality.
That is what I am doing.