Over recent weeks we’ve been exploring some of the things that are needed to be successful, and have taken a close look at a man who in many ways didn’t have a lot going for him when he arrived in a foreign country with little money and only just able to speak the language of his new homeland. As we discovered, what he did have, which undoubtedly more than made up for the hurdles and challenges that he he faced, was a big dream, an unshakable belief in himself and his abilities, and a willingness to do whatever it took to see his dreams come to fruition.

Love him or hate him, Arnold Schwarzenegger is now a household name across the English speaking world. He rose from humble beginnings in Europe, to be named Mr Universe 5 times and Mr Olympia 7 times, and then to rule the box office for two decades, before going on to enjoy a successful political career. Makes me tired thinking about all that would have been involved in achieving what he did. He certainly didn’t just talk the talk, he really did walk the walk.

So back to my initial question… are you willing to do whatever it takes? Are there things in your life where you have chosen to “tolerate” mediocrity and lack of fulfilment, sometimes even for years? Are there areas in your life where you’d like to see change, but you just haven’t done anything about it yet? Are you sick of your current job, and want to explore what is involved in starting a new career, or are you wanting to travel? Are you unhappy in your relationships or with your financial situation? If you answered yes to any one of these questions, my question for you is, what are you going to do about it?

In recent years a victim mentality has emerged in our society that blames our past and present circumstances for the current situations we find ourselves in – but are we just making excuses for our own lack of action? While I am not discounting the impact of our early life and the traumatic experiences life throws at us, there does come a time when we have to take responsibility for initiating and creating the change we want in our lives. No it isn’t always easy, but the biggest regret in life, as told by people on their deathbed was not pursuing their dreams and aspirations… Will you be another statistic, or will you do whatever it takes?

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