It’s a Dog’s Life

dogs-lifeMany of us have heard and used the phrase above, but why is it some people seemingly have an easy life whilst others graft away, working their fingers to the bone?

All too often we unjustifiably envy others thinking that they have it easy, just because their lifestyle is one that we desire. The truth is that many people are the same as you and I. They had a fairly similar childhood, were achievers/underachievers at school, possibly took an unsatisfactory first job and then went on to decide “This is not for me, there must be more to life than this!”
Now they are living that very life they desired and you have glimpsed and now desire for yourself. So how could they have got from the same start point as yourself and now be living ‘a dog’s life’?

Desire, Determination, Motivation & Persistence.

These four words go hand in hand I believe and from the observations I have made, can be critical to getting more out of life. This is not about becoming a millionaire. These changes can be your diet, exercising more, simple bad habits (like biting your nails) or a change in career that you have wanted for a long time.

Desire
This is our initial animal instinct. We desire something and we instantly want it. The trouble is you can desire something all day long, but it does not mean it will happen – I know because I have ‘desired’ my lottery win many a time and it still has not happened! (Obviously we need to desire something more obtainable than a lucky lottery win, but still…)
This is where we move onto the next step.

Determination
This is where you transfer your desire into action. You create a plan, idea, business, whatever it maybe, because you are determined to achieve your desire! This is where creators create and get all excited and many people find they are ‘Starters’. Starters are renowned for having many ideas and plans on the boil but do not see them through to the end.
Which swiftly leads us to…

Motivation & Persistence
Ah, dear old motivation, the thing that makes us do things that we really need to do, right? The trouble is we have a long list of words that kill Mr. Motivation off that includes; procrastination, laziness, distraction, scared and excuses. There is such a long queue to kill Mr. Motivation I’m not going to attempt to list them all, and I’m sure you could make up more even if I tried.
If you have a problem with motivation I highly recommend checking out Jim Connolly’s Motivation Master Class to change the way you think.

At this point I really want you to understand that motivation is different from persistence, but they are very closely linked hence me bundling them together. This final hurdle is why so many people do not achieve their desire. Their motivation dies because they do not keep hammering away at their plan, as it is persistence that pays off in the end!

Achieving Your Desire

Achieving your desire can be the hardest thing you will ever do, so we need to start thinking more along the lines of what a dog would do with a bone. In that bone is the juicy goodness of marrow. It is the epitome of “It’s a dog’s life” (I know this to be true, I have seen it with my own eyes having two young dogs in the house).
The dog desires that marrow, they are determined they will reap the reward, and their continued motivation and persistence pays off!

Now you have one happy dog. How would that feel if you reached the marrow of your life?

Disclaimer: I recommend Jim Connolly’s Motivation Master Class purely on the basis that I found it useful myself. I am not an affiliate or receiving any form of compensation for recommending the product.

Photo credit: Vinicius Mimo

2 Responses to It’s a Dog’s Life
  1. Daniel Sturman
    April 7, 2011 | 6:42 am

    No two upbringings are the same and according to Malcome Gladwell’s Outliers, those brought up in self asserted “middle class” families are built to do better.

    • Stuart
      April 7, 2011 | 9:06 am

      Thanks for the comment Daniel.

      Yes, I do believe that an upbringing from the middle class is beneficial, but I’m not going to let that stop me achieving my desires because I was not brought up by a middle class family 😉

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