*This post contains religious overtones – if you’re offended or bothered by religious and spiritual themes, please skip reading.
Life is a beautiful experience of growth, progression and expansion. Or at least it can be.
Most people, especially business professionals, wish for better results in all aspects of life. We want extreme business and financial success. We want optimum health and relationships with our loved ones that bring joy, happiness and fulfillment. All wonderful and worthy goals.
The truth is growth and progression for a better life and a better “you” can be difficult and painful, because it usually means sacrifice. Giving something up to get something bigger and better.
When I was 19 years old I wanted to change my life. I was stuck in low level living and I was staring at a future full of mediocrity. While I wanted a beautiful and bright future I was stuck in the mud and it seemed extremely hard to change who I was to get better results in life. Although I tried many times, I always turned back to the person I was. “That’s just the person I am.”
Finally, I had an epiphany.
To truly change and achieve better results out of life, a part of me would have to die so that I could be reborn.
A part of me had to die.
For me personally, I had to walk away from my best friends. I had to banish drugs and alcohol from my life because I have an addictive personality so I had to create a zero tolerance policy.
That part of my life literally had to die so that I could be reborn.
Once the vacuum was created, reborn I was and the success I have achieved in my life up to this point was made possible from the rebirth.
If you have a patch of ugly weeds in your beautiful flower garden you can’t change the weeds to become better, you must kill them, pull them out before you can replace them with gorgeous flowers.
Still today I understand that if I want to achieve better results, have more in my life in any area, something probably has to die. A bad habit has to be killed, a mode of thinking must be banished, an unhealthy something needs to put to rest. And by so doing, something more positive can grow in it’s place.
In sales if I want to achieve greatness, I must sacrifice something or let go of some aspect of life that is holding me back.
I’ve found the more drastic the change, the bigger and better the change.
A spring cleaning is needed to renew our lives.
As millions across the Earth reflect on Good Friday and what it represents, let us all understand that the wonderful gift Jesus Christ gave to us at a chance of rebirth, something had to die. He had to die. He had to die so that he could live again…and so that we could live again.