This morning I tuned into “A Minute With Maxwell” and enjoyed John Maxwell’s thoughts about the investments we must make to achieve the goals we want. He used toll roads to explain what we face as we seek to fulfill our dreams. Here’s what I heard, what I thought and what I learned:
- “The dream is free, but the journey isn’t.” — John Maxwell
- The size and value of our dream determines the price we must pay. The bigger the dream, the longer the journey and the greater the price.
- Like a journey on the turnpike, we have to make frequent stops to pay something and continue our journey. “The day I stop paying the toll is the day the dream stops.”
- I recall something Zig Ziglar taught me: “…go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will always be able to see farther.”
Zig Ziglar talks about the journey somewhat differently. He says that “You do not pay the price of success, you enjoy the price of success.” Playing well in competitive sports comes to mind. It’s hard work and it’s also enjoyable. We enjoy competing, winning and playing or we “get off the turnpike.” The same is true for any of our activities. If the journey isn’t fun, why are we on that journey?
When it comes to dreams, the question worth asking is this: “Am I enjoying the dream AND enjoying the price?”