The Apple on the Tree

If there is an apple that you want hanging on a tree, but it’s out of reach, what would you do to get it? You would probably make an effort by jumping, climbing the tree, finding a ladder to use, etc. It seems so simple and obvious. Yet, many of us fail to do the same when we are faced with obstacles to our personal goals.

If you want the apple, but you’re not going for it, then you’re just making excuses.

If you sit under the tree and expect the apple to eventually drop into your lap, you are engaging in passivity.

If you complain about having to make the effort to the reach the apple, you are spoiled and lazy.

If you complain about other people who have had their apples picked for them and expect likewise for yourself, you are engaging in an unhealthy sense of entitlement.

If you say that reaching for the apple is something beneath you, then you have too much pride.

If you say you can’t reach the apple or say it’s too difficult without even trying, you lack belief in your own ability.

If you say you don’t know how to reach the apple without trying anything, you are stalling to avoid facing failure.

If you are waiting until you’re “ready,” you are simply procrastinating out of fear.

If you try and give up only after a half-hearted effort, you aren’t really trying and you just want to disprove yourself.

If you tell yourself that you don’t really want the apple, you are rationalizing and lying to yourself.

Ask yourself: Do you know what it is that you really want in life? Do you know what your core desire is, that is hidden under layers of other superficial desires?

Once you know what it is that you want, be aware of the excuses that you are making. These excuses will appear automatically and without conscious effort on your part. Therefore, the onus of responsibility is on you alone to bring your conscious awareness to these excuses.

After you know what you want and the excuses you are making to not take action, you have no right to complain about not having what you want. Never before in history has it been easier to search and access information on learning the skills to get what you want in life. Never has there been such abundance in opportunities for those who seek them. You have no excuses but the ones you create for yourself.

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