As I shared in my last blog, the River of Resistance is what we must cross, in order to achieve and reach our unlived life. We are now ready to begin to discuss the obstacles that lurk in this River that obstruct, hinder, interfere, or block our progress towards our goals, vision, dreams, or as I like to call it, our most amazing future.
The first of the big 5 obstacles, is the Walrus. (It might be important to note, for you very technical readers, that a number of the big 5 obstacles, actually don’t live in rivers, so just imagine for the time being.)
Now, back to the walrus. The Walrus represents WORK.
When you picture a Walrus, you probably picture a few thousand pounds of beast, sitting pretty inanimately on the beach, not doing much of anything, surrounded by hundreds of his friends, doing just about the same thing, nothing. To mobilize himself, it takes an immense amount of work. Or, he doesn’t have to work and can continue to sit, right where he is.
Sometimes in life, it can seem like it takes an immense amount of effort to achieve your goals, and one can almost feel like the Walrus, immobilized by all there is to do. But one of the most dependable, surefire ways to reach your unlived life is to put your head down, get to work, and go after it.
Another thought about work…“Grit”
There is a school in New York City, called the Riverdale School. It is one of the city’s most prestigious private schools, a 104 year old elite institution, where tuition starts at $38,500 a year for prekindergarten, and goes up from there.
Angela Duckworth, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan, worked with the Riverdale School to develop a set of strengths that according to her research, is especially likely to predict life satisfaction, high achievement, and success in their students. They call it the “Grit Scale.”
Grit, as defined by Duckworth, is “sticking with things over the very long term until you master them.”
To me, it is a toughness in going after something. It’s a work ethic of not quitting until you have accomplished what you desire. [Tweet this!]
“Talent is Overrated”
Author Geoff Colvin, who wrote the book, “Talent is Overrated”, says that what separates the best from the rest is not talent; it’s deliberate practice, which is simply work. He says that hard work consistently beats talent, unless talent consistently works hard.
So, the first step in crossing the River of Resistance, and to reaching your unlived life, is to roll up your sleeves, get to work and go after it. Don’t be a Walrus…