I am a declared self-help junkie. I enjoy a good self-help book on pretty well anything, from creativity to time management to getting out of rut. I recently read Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden and knew I had to share a little of his take on achieving success.
Rory says we have become an elevator world. We are more interested in shortcuts, quick fixes and distractions than actually doing the work to get to where we want to go. He talks about self-discipline and doing the hard work now to get the results we want in the future. Hence the title Take the Stairs. Society has adopted the elevator mentality of wanting everything now and not wanting to do the hard work to get it.
He breaks the book down into 7 principles we can focus on to get the results and life we want. To be successful we have to put the time and effort in and not wait for perfectionism or a quick fix. It is about establishing a mindset of taking the stairs and doing the work to get the life we want.
One of my take aways was “balance shouldn’t mean equal time spend on equal activities. Balance should mean appropriate time spend on critical priorities”. Can you imagine what we could accomplish with this mind-set! Maybe your critical priority is finishing a novel, piece of art or building your business. Balance is putting the time and effort into those priorities and backing off on what it NOT critical i.e. housework for me!!
The second take away was don’t let perfectionism hold you back. Rory says you overcome perfectionism by focusing on stellar effort not stellar results. WOW. That goes back to the Four Agreements for me and “always do your best”. Nothing was said about being perfect.
It made sense to me when I look around and see people’s sense of entitlement. Who wants to take the stairs when they can grab what they want now and pay for it later. The problem is paying for it later can mean insurmountable debt, bad health and not realizing your dreams. Why can’t we just do the work now? Plus why do we feel we are entitled to anything?
For more information read the book – easy read. He will break down his 7 principles: sacrifice, commitment, focus, integrity, schedule, faith and action. Whether or not you agree with everything he says I do believe you will take something away from this book.
You can always start now !