I was in Malibu with a friend this weekend and it was one of those perfect nights in LA. Not too warm, not too cold, just that perfect temperature that makes you feel comfortable with just a light jacket on. As we were looking at the water talking about life, about LA, going into those philosophical discussions people have late at night, we somehow ended up talking about how cold the ocean water is in LA. Even when it’s super hot outside, even in those rare moments at the end of summer when the temperature creeps up close to 100F, the water is still cold. I made a comment about how I never go in the water because of that very reason and my friend casually turned to me and said: “Would you do it for $1,000,000?”
It got me thinking about all the things we’re unwilling to do because the prize isn’t high enough in our minds. On an average day (or night for that matter), if someone asked me to go in the ocean, I’d most likely say no. In fact I’ve said no many times knowing how miserable being cold and wet would make me. But if someone told me there was $1,000,000 waiting for me at the end of that cold swim, that would change my experience completely. Yes, I would still be cold and wet, but there’s no way I’d still be miserable knowing I’m getting $1,000,000 at the end of it.
What if we viewed other things in life as having $1,000,000 prize at the end? What if getting in shape wasn’t just about muscle soreness or food restrictions, what if we viewed the prize at the end as $1,000,000 prize? What if we thought our health, our life, the life we want to live was worth that? Whether it’s achieving a specific goal, having the health we want, the relationships we want, the courage we want, how would we act differently if there was $1,000,000 waiting for us at the end?
Take today and think about it. What’s something you’ve been struggling with? A goal that’s been just a bit elusive. Maybe you weren’t committed enough, maybe you didn’t think you have what it takes to accomplish it, or maybe you didn’t think you deserved it. Put $1,000,000 prize on it and set a deadline for it! See how that changes your perspective and your resourcefulness!