Here is a good question to ask yourself: Ten years
from now you will surely arrive. The question is,
where? We don't want to kid ourselves about where; we
don't want to kid ourselves about the road we're walking.
At age 25, I had a day shortly after I met Mr. Schoaff
called "do not kid myself anymore" day. I
didn't want to be disillusioned anymore. Up until
then, I had been using the crossed-finger theory. But
after meeting Mr. Schoaff, I finally decided that the
crossed-finger theory was not going to get me what I
wanted. That it wasn't where the treasure lies.
That I was going to have to make sure which way I was headed
Then, with the help of Mr. Schoaff, I found with a few
reading disciplines, and a few disciplines of mind, and a
few disciplines of activity, that when exercised, can begin
making all the difference in the world as to where you will
Just a few changes. Sometimes we get the idea that
we're doing about 10% and there's about 90% more that we
need in order to make the difference for our fortune but
probably the opposite is true. We're doing enough
things to have bought and shared in the good life so far.
And maybe all we need is that extra 5% or 10% of
intellectual change. Activity change. A
refinement of discipline. A refinement of
thought. And all we need is the ideas to make those
simple changes and the equity starts gathering in one year,
three years, five years, ten years.
I have a good comment for you: Now's the time to fix
the next 10 years. Now, you may have to come to grips
with reality and with truth; that's what was good for me
when I met Mr. Schoaff, I was 25 years old, he was 44 years
old. And he brought me a wealth of experience and he
started asking me the tough questions. "Big
question," he said. "Are you reading the
books that are going to take you where you want to go in the
next 5 years?"
Excellent question. See, you want to make sure.
I would assume for all of you, to get to where you want to
be in the next 5 years, you are either reading the right
books or you're not. You're either engaged in the
disciplines or you're not. But, here's what we don't
want to engage in: disillusion. Hoping without
acting. Wishing without doing.
The key is to take a look and say, "Where am I?
What could I do to make the changes to make sure that I can
take more certain daily steps toward the treasure I want,
the mental treasure, the personal treasure, the spiritual
treasure, the financial treasure? I don't want to make
any more errors, now's the time to adjust my daily program
to take me where I want to go."
In lecturing the last 39 years, I've gotten letters and
personal testimonies of people that have done such
remarkable things with just a few suggestions. And
that is why seminars, tapes and books can be so
valuable. Here's a key idea for us all to
remember: We could all use a little coaching. When
you're playing the game, it's sometimes hard to see it all.
But the key is to start right now making these changes to
walk this new road. And here's what's exciting to me,
just a few daily disciplines makes a great deal of
difference in one year, three years, five years. And
before you know it, you will be walking a brand new road.
To Your Success,
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