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Convenience or Inconvenience: Which To Choose? (Part 2)

October 6, 2018

 

(Read previous part HERE)

 

“Every person who has ever been legitimately successful has formed the habit of doing things that others don’t like to do. True success is something which is achieved by the minority of people, and is therefore unnatural and not to be achieved by following our natural likes and dislikes nor by being guided by our natural preferences and prejudices. No one likes being inconvenienced. It’s just that high performers understand that the road to success is constantly filled with acts of discomfort. They choose to do what needs to be done.” Gary Ryan Blair (author). 

 

What is inconvenience and inconvenience? 

  • It’s inconvenient to be forgiving when someone has hurt you. It’s convenient and easy to hold a grudge. 

  • It’s inconvenient to accept responsibility for your behavior. It’s convenient to blame someone else. 
     

  • It’s inconvenient to go the extra mile for a client. It’s convenient and easy to say “no, it can’t be done.” 
     

  • It’s inconvenient to prepare and practice. It’s convenient and easy to be unprepared while offering an excuse. 
     

  • It’s inconvenient to put other people’s needs first. It’s convenient and easy to focus only on our personal needs and wants. 
     

  • It’s inconvenient to spend time preparing food at home and having a healthy meal; it’s convenient to freely spend money on eating out, and eating out badly and cheaply. 
     

  • It’s inconvenient to spend time with our kids when we come home tired from work; it’s convenient to sit in front of the TV and allow the kids to do what they want in stead of interacting with them.

 Successful people are influenced by the desire for pleasing results. The overwhelming majority of people are influenced by the desire for pleasing methods and are inclined to be satisfied with such results….Why then are successful people able to accept inconvenience, discomfort, and sacrifice while most are not? Because successful people have a purpose strong enough to make them form the habit of doing things they don’t enjoy doing in order to accomplish the purpose they want to accomplish and become the person they want to become.” 

 

Do we want to be strong, happy, healthy? Do we want to achieve our goals? If so, take the inconvenient choice.

 

Frank Costelloe, Los Angeles

 

Source: The Buddhist Village Times #55 | 2015, Convenience or Inconvenience: Which To Choose? (Part 2)

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