External Compulsion

As one advances in life, one realizes more and more, that the majority of men-and of women-are incapable of any other effort than that strictly imposed on them as a reaction to external compulsion. And for that reason, the few individuals we have come across who are capable of a spontaneous and joyous effort stand out isolated, monumentalised, so to speak, in their experiences. These are the select men and women, the nobles,the only ones who are active and not merely reactive, for whom life is a perpetual striving, an incessant course of training.¹

Knowing this, we must look inside ourselves and find the person who at one point in our lives dreamed to accomplish far more than we have in the years that have passed.  The great news is that it is never too late to learn.  As Chris Brady would say, “We can stand on the shoulders of giants.”  The question all of us face is do we pursue convenience or do we take the hard road?  In the words of Claude Hamilton, “If you pursue convenience you will never achieve excellence.”  All of the biggest minds our country has ever known have been hungry to learn and grow themselves, which created a ripple effect, then eventually changed the world.

In the difficult times we face today in our country, the process of society, in large, is the result of years of inundation from false teachings designed to keep the mass of man working toward the ever-increasing disease of laziness. Claude Hamilton once said “Laziness travels so slowly, poverty soon catches up.”  have the courage to set goals and run for your dreams.  Get up off the couch, put down the remote, and live your life.  Find the joy in being a life long student.  Personal growth is challenging; but as Jeff Olsen says, in the Slight Edge, “You never stay in one place you are either growing or falling backwards.”  The only thing in life that is constant is change.  Embrace it and you can live your dreams. Ignore it and wealth will ignore you.  I am not speaking of monetary wealth only.  There is far more wealth to be found in our faith, family, and friends.

People often seek information from those not even qualified to give it.  It would be like asking the guy who has been divorced five times for advice on marriage.  Seek out those with the results in life you want most and learn from them.  Will you be criticized?  You better believe you will!  Nothing worthwhile comes without paying the price for it.  As Chris Brady says, “Criticism is the death gargle of the non-achiever.”  If you want to reach your goals you must have thick skin.  You will not hit your goals doing the same amount of work you were doing not hitting your goals!²  Most people  get stuck because they stop doing the daily disciplines necessary to move forward on their journey to their goals and dreams.  Some just give up and blame others for their own lack of results.  A true leader is one, in my opinion, who take shots, gets criticized, ostracized and then finally grows himself through adversity, hard work and discipline to achieve their goals and dreams.

Do you have the courage to face reality and grow yourself?  I challenge you to take the Mental Fitness Challenge.  Comment on my blog if you want to accept my challenge.

See you at the top…

¹ Revolt of the Masses, Jose Ortega Y Gasset
2 Claude Hamilton, Team 711
Advertisements

About Kevin Dunn

Walking through the pitfalls and snares we all endure in life. Raised in a small farming community in southern Michigan. As a young boy I was raised to be a man of hard work and character, something I ran from. Knowing that I would have to pay my own way through college, I decided to serve my country as a United States Marine. Making choices (most of them poor) based on my current information, led to me rebelling against the teachings of my youth. I resolve to be an example for my family and community. Through the mentoring, coaching, hard work and the help of team principles. Special thanks to my lovely wife Leah thank you for believing when the clouds on the horizon looked dark.
This entry was posted in Following, Freedom and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to External Compulsion

  1. Deshawn Able says:

    I simply want to tell you that I’m newbie to weblog and certainly loved your page. Most likely I’m going to bookmark your site . You amazingly have very good stories. Cheers for sharing with us your web page.

  2. HE says:

    Why note end the quote from José Ortega y Gasset ?

    Chap. VII: Noble Life And Common Life, Or Effort And Inertia

    As one advances in life, one realizes more and more that the majority of men — and of women — are incapable of any other effort than that strictly imposed on them as a reaction to external compulsion. And for that reason, the few individuals we have come across who are capable of a spontaneous and joyous effort stand out isolated, monumentalized, so to speak, in our experience. These are the select men, the nobles, the only ones who are active and not merely reactive, for whom life is a perpetual striving, an incessant course of training. Training = askesis. These are the ascetics.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s