The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge…

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge…”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is in built in us to avoid challenge and discomfort. Sometimes we are justified in avoiding discomfort if our instinct tells us that it might lead to danger or negative consequences. Drugs, bad company, unhealthy food, negative media and unsafe environments etc are all examples of this. However, in most cases, avoiding challenge and discomfort can be to our detriment. A person must not avoid things because they are too hard, difficult or time consuming if he or she wishes to develop and grow.

While it is possible to achieve things quickly, most things in life that we really strive for take a lot of time and patience.  Having a lot of time can afford us the luxury of putting things on the back burner until other things are done. Unfortunately, the back burner for most of us gets further and further behind and we never “get around to it”. The remedy? Start now and start with what you have got. If you don’t have the money to do what you want to do, earn it or do what you can without the money. If you don’t have the time, work later, start earlier or work weekends to make it happen. If it’s resources that you don’t have, save your money and get them (or get a coach to help you). If it’s motivation that you need, pick up a book that someone has written on what you want to do.

Most of us (myself included) wait for everything to be perfect before we start. But here’s the thing: it may never be the perfect time to start. So why not start now in this moment? If you start now you can systematically take all the steps that you need to make your goals happen. If you wait it may never happen. And when it’s hard, difficult or a challenge that’s usually a sign that you’re on the right path. Why do I say that? Because if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Everyone would be a black belt, everyone would be healthy, everyone would have a six-pack (not the aluminium kind), everyone would be wealthy, everyone would be happy and everybody would have his or her dream job.

I leave you with this pearl of wisdom: 

"I can zero in on a vision of where I want to be in the future. I can see it so clearly in front of me, when I daydream, it's almost a reality. Then I get this easy feeling, and I don't have to be uptight to get there because I already feel like I'm there...that it's just a matter of time." 

"I set a goal, visualised it very clearly, then created the drive, the hunger for turning it into a reality. There's a kind of joy in that kind of ambition in having a vision in front of you. With that kind of joy, discipline isn't difficult or negative or grim." 

"You love doing what you have to do...going to the gym, working hard on the set. Even when pain is part of reaching your goal, and it usually is, you can accept that, too." 


Arnold Schwarzenegger