“There is no elevator to success; you have to take the stairs.”
-Popularized by Zig Ziglar
Life is not easy and there is no fast track to the top or like today’s quote mentions, there is no elevator either to success. But what if there was an easier way than going through the missteps, heartbreak or setbacks along the way? What if you were given the choice to take the elevator or the stairs especially when you know that both pathways arrive at the same destination? What would you choose?
If I was offered this when I was younger I might have take the elevator if I’m being honest. But when I look back on my twenty plus career and marriage I’m glad I didn’t have that option and had to take the stairs. If you can visualize the taking the stairs analogy, each step being made is one that is accomplished by you. This doesn’t mean you you didn’t get any assistance in taking that next step but it ultimately was your achievement and the sacrifices you made along the way that made each future step possible. And with each of those steps taken, our self confidence grows right along with it. We begin to gain momentum, and although some steps may become harder as the challenges become harder and we start to show signs of fatigue, we somehow muster up enough strength, will and determination to continue to make that climb to that next step.
Now if we were able to just take the elevator there would not need to be much effort given at all. Just push a button and enjoy the ride right? But…what if the elevator gets stuck? You aren’t able to move either way: up or down. At least with the stairs you can step back down, assess the situation on how you might handle things differently in order to climb that step. It provides you with an option because sometimes in life, you have to move backwards in order to move forward. More importantly, you have the choice to do that, in an elevator, the choice is made for you. Wouldn’t you rather have control of your own life?
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your responsible decision making skills?