Here’s something I think about a lot, and you might too.
It’s easy to look at someone who’s got their act together, or has money in the bank, or is more fit…
They’re pretty lucky, no?
Yes. And no.
It’s easy to focus too much importance on “luck” when it comes to success. And not focus enough on investing in your own success, each and every day.
When you hear a story about a school teacher who amassed a fortune of millions of dollars, you figure… just lucky.
Nope. She’s not lucky. She was just playing a different game than most of us.
The long game.
When you ignore the long game, or a little at a time now, for a bigger payoff later, and focus on luck, you’re destined to be average. Because that’s what most people do – trade long-term wins for short term gains.
It’s easy to be seduced by the short game. Because the results are immediate. Easy. Fun even.
Why go for a walk when you can catch up on a great TV show?
Why pay for something in cash, when you can charge it and get it today?
Why invest in your family relationships, when you can stay an extra hour at work and get ahead?
The thing is, the benefits of the long game multiply the longer you play. Today’s impact could be small. But over the weeks and months and years, the payback is enormous.
A few pushups today won’t drop 10 pounds by the weekend. More veggies and less cookies won’t revitalize your health by tomorrow. Putting $5 in your savings account isn’t going to buy you much.
But when you focus only on the short game… it’s a big problem. As days turn into years, the short game compounds just like the long game. And the results can be a disaster.
It’s not a trade off on one day that gets you. It’s the layers and build up that tear you down.
So when you leave the party early to get your rest, or get in your workout before you watch a movie… it sounds boring. And it can be sometimes.
But the first step is the hardest. You have to be willing to make the small sacrifice to get the big gain.
That’s why it can be hard. It’s hard to see how a small step translates into a transformation.
You can’t play the long game with everything. But where you do matters, and that has little to do with luck.
And the best places to play it are with your knowledge, your relationships, your finances, and your health.
These are the things that grow dramatically with focus and investment.
Just a little something to think about.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance