The Odds Aren’t In Your Favor

by Dave Jackson

Our house is a block from the beach. We walk there almost every day. One of the challenges is to jog from the house, down the boardwalk at Clam Pass, around the beach to Seagate Drive and back home. What makes it so hard is the terrain. The boardwalk isn’t flat. It goes up and down through the mangroves. The sand is challenging to run through because it is powdery and not compact. And the last leg home – gravity is doing its number.

And that’s just it. The odds aren’t in my favor. I run, but everything is fighting back. I am happy it makes me stronger.

Remember that success is rare. One in a hundred becomes wealthy in a lifetime. Only 5% (a figure that’s held true for years now), achieve financial independence.

As we get ready for Vegas, the odds makers would put that at 19 to 1.

If I walk my way around the Clam Pass run, I’ll get a little exercise – but mainly will get a nice tan. Not very useful. I know I have to take exercise seriously in order to put the odds in my favor.

The only way you’re going to achieve your financial goals is if you get really serious. Write that down. To succeed, you must get serious. Must get busy. Must get active. Must get going. Everything counts.

Listen to how life gets in the way. You wake up, think that today would be a great day to work on goals, so you say – I’ll skip today to work on goals. No exercise – I can do that tomorrow. Next day, man – chilly outside – I’ll jump on the rebounder… but first, let’s have a big breakfast. After all – eat breakfast like a king, right? Then after breakfast, I don’t feel like jumping at all, so I read the paper and get ready for work.

Don’t don’t don’t let it happen to you. Promise me you will NOT let the odds get in your way of your success. It’s only a decision. And you can control that.

Work on you. Master yourself. Control yourself. Discipline yourself. Control over your thoughts is the hardest exercise in self-mastery you will ever engage in. To show you how hard this is – see if you can talk and think about only what you desire and not talk or think about anything that you don’t want – for 24 hours.

You’ll see what you’re made of. It is tough! But with practice, guess what? You can reach the point where you’re thinking about your goals and desires most of the time. Then everything will change for the better! You are awesome!

Tell me if you struggle and what methods you use to think yourself through the bad thoughts.

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Brenda March 30, 2007 - 3:30 pm

I agree 100%!! The biggest challenge in this business is me – Fortunately, that is something I can completely control, it is just hard.

As Jeff Olson says in “The Slight Edge” (I think that is where it is from) – it is easy to do the right thing day by day. But it is easier not to. How true!! If we are to be among the 5%, which I know we all Want to be, then we must do the harder thing, day by day.

I have copied and enlarged your whole paragraph “The only way you are going to achieve your financial goals is if you get really serious, etc ……..” that is my new favorite quote, which I will be pasting up all over in my home and car, and calendar book.

It’s a great encouragement to hear that our odds will go up to 19 to 1 as we go to Vegas!!

When I struggle with discouragement and fear, my first source is the Bible. Did you know there are 365 verses that talk about fear? I find more help in my faith than anywhere else. And I know God sends me great resources, such as books, and articles like yours, to get me going again. Keep up the great work!!

charlene April 3, 2007 - 10:06 am

I agree. Thomas C. Willhite said, “It’s not a matter of changing one’s thoughts. It’s keeping thoughts changed.”

If you think it is hard to change thoughts, then it is. The better thing is to acknowledge, “Gee, I have a underlying program running me here, and I want this thing, yet not DOING the stuff I need to do to get there. Hmmmm, isn’t THAT interesting.

Writing down the goals is very important and keeping the doubt seeds (weeds) out of your garden (mind) is the most important thing. You have to believe that you are getting better and better at keeping your thoughts changed.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer. 29:11 NIV


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