You must determine the price that you will have to pay to achieve success, and then get busy paying that price.— H.L. Hunt (Texas Oil Tycoon)
Thanos was my favorite character in Avengers Infinity War.
I was pulling for him (don’t “hey me”…he had a purpose and a vision which I can appreciate).
My favorite scene is after Thanos snaps his fingers. He and young Gamora are having a conversation in the realm of the Soul Stone.
Young Gamora: “Did you do it?”
Gamora: “What did it cost you?”
Thanos: “Everything.” (in a solemn state)
This scene, lasting less than a minute was the most realistic thing about the movie.
Why is that?
Because with everything in life, there’s a price to pay for our choices.
In order to collect all 6 Infinity Stones and see his vision carried out, Thanos had to make a plethora of sacrifices.
He had to kill the one he loved, Gamora (signified by the fact he received the Soul Stone for this). He lost his entire team of followers to the Avengers in battle. He received an axe to the chest (Thor should've gone for the head).
All these sacrifices, of himself and others, is ultimately what was required to complete his mission.
While this was a movie, this concept lines up perfectly to a quote I read in a Dan Lok book a long time ago: “The rich do what is hard; that’s why their life is easy. Poor people do what’s easy; that’s whether life is hard.”
Thanos sacrificed his daughter (i.e. the hard part) for a Soul Stone and to see his utopia play out (i.e. the easy part).
John D. Rockefeller Sr. envisioned himself wealthy and knew he needed to dramatically alter his environment, mindset, and habits. Not only did he track his money meticulously (i.e. the hard part), but as a young boy, he paved the streets dressed up in a nice suit looking for work and dressing the part despite coming from an environment opposite of this (i.e. another hard part). He became America’s first billionaire living in luxury (i.e. the easy part).
Everything comes with a cost. Everything has a sacrificed attached to it, no matter which side of the spectrum you’re viewing from.
If Thanos didn’t make those sacrifices, what he ultimately wanted would’ve become the sacrifice.
How this looks from a health and energy standpoint.
“Those who are rich with energy do what is hard; that’s why their life is easy. Those who are poor with energy do what’s easy; that’s why their life is hard.”
When you plan your meals, say no to temptations, stick to your sleep routine, and exercise even when “you don’t feel like it” (i.e. the hard part), you’re rewarded with aging gracefully, energy-on-demand, and the ability to keep up with your kids among many other things (i.e. the easy part).
When you eat what you feel like eating with no strategy, can’t say no, have no boundaries, let your feelings dictate your actions (i.e. the easy part), you’re rewarded with wrinkles, low levels of energy, poor relationships, stress, and a high likelihood of illnesses (i.e. the hard part).
Everything in your life comes with an opportunity cost. When you elect to do one thing, you automatically choose not to do other things. You have to give up something to get something.
If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice.
Optimal health and energy don’t happen by accident. You must be intentional and precise with your daily actions. The default environment isn’t set up for you to win. It’s rigged to keep you average.
You don’t deserve anything “just because.” I don’t deserve anything “just because.”
We all must “earn it.”
When you gladly pay the price that other people are not willing to pay, you’ll be able to live the life that others aren’t capable of.
With that said, what are you going to do today that will move you closer to the most enhanced version of yourself?
Is it letting go of old stories? Is it cutting the cords with deflating relationships? Is it getting support and accountability?
Whatever it is, start doing it now, not tomorrow.
As Apollo Creed told Rocky, “There is no tomorrow.”
Becoming the most enhanced version of yourself and unlocking your human potential will come with sacrifices. Becoming “energy-rich” or staying “energy-poor” both require sacrifices.
Which do you want?…hopefully to be “energy-rich.”
If you don’t sacrifice for your desired levels of energy and health, your energy and health become the sacrifice.
There will be a cost to your end-goal and it’s too much of a burden for many to handle. Some just can’t see the big picture and everything that’s truly at stake—that’s why they will remain poor.
Can you see the big picture? Will you allow yourself to see everything at stake? Can you envision that what you do today, tomorrow, and this week ultimately stacks up to determine next weeks reality and beyond?
Never forget: “Those who are rich with energy do what is hard; that’s why their life is easy. Those who are poor with energy do what’s easy; that’s why their life is hard.”