Do you know what the price is of your particular dream?
I’m not talking money here, at least not just money. But also time, effort, possible embarrassment, or being ostracized by family and friends.
Missing Monday Night Football for extra practice time.
Buying audio books instead of video games.
Every big dream has its price ~ and we dreamers need to decide whether we’re prepared to pay it or not.
There is always a price to pay. Whether it’s hours on the court like Michael Jordan, or hours of practice like YoYo Ma, you don’t get anything for nothing.
Legendary violinist Isaac Stern was once confronted by a middle-aged woman after a concert.
She gushed “Oh, I’d give my life to play like you!”
“Lady,” said Stern acidly, “that I did!”
At the end of the day, you have a choice. We all do.
As Johnnie B. Truant says, you can choose to be outstanding (or choose to continue to suck).
But while the price might seem steep right now, take heart, Dear Ones.
I do believe that it only appears that way at the beginning, and that when we’ve reached the top of the mountain, from that glorious Summit of Realized Dreams, the cost of the climb will be totally worth it.
So, fellow Dreamer, here’s my plan.
I will toil, and learn, and fall, and get up, and as Randy Gage says “Do today what others won’t do, so that tomorrow I can do what others can’t do.”
I’ve made my choice.