IMG_0436Taking the stairs is hard.  I mean really, you have to walk up all those stairs and my legs get TIRED!  Or I am out of shape.  Yeah, probably that.

I read a book recently called “Take the Stairs” by Rory Vaden.  I had the pleasure of listening to him speak a little over a year ago and he is a very good speaker.  He is convinced that people who take the stairs are in better shape.  He is probably right.  I don’t think he means in better shape just in the physical sense though.

Here’s what I mean.  In his book, he talks about “7 steps to achieving true success” which are as follows:

  1. Sacrifice
  2. Commitment
  3. Focus
  4. Integrity
  5. Schedule
  6. Faith
  7. Action

If you look at all of the words listed above, do you get the sense that some of these require hard work?  His book discusses what successful people do to become get what they want in life.


  • Sacrifice-people who take the stairs make sacrifices and endure short term discomfort for long term gains.  Just as an example, Greg and I are trying to lose a bit of weight.  That means we can’t stuff our faces with donuts and candy all day and sit on the couch.  We have to make smart eating choices and get our butts to the gym.  Losing weight is not easy.  I have to sacrifice foods I love in order to achieve the goal of losing weight.


  • Commitment-people who take the stairs often commit to activities which will get them to their goal. Let’s use my example of losing weight again. A quote that Rory has in the book is the God’s honest truth- “Very often the emotional energy of making a decision is greater than the physical energy of executing that decision.” I think he literally came into my house and smacked me across the face.   When I read that statement, it made so much sense.  How many times have you thought about doing something but you talked yourself out of it?  We let our emotions get in the way of what we know we should do.  Well played, Rory. Well played.


  • Focus– In the book, Rory talks about a ProcrastiNation. As a nation, we generally focus on things that take away from what we should be or could be doing to better our lives. “In the absence of disciplined focus, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.” Dammit, Rory get out of my head. I am guilty of procrastinating. I put things off until the last second and then scramble to get things done. I know I am not alone, right?


  • Integrity–  “We must get control of our word and our integrity before we can get control of our life.” Ok, I have been working on this over the last few years. I want to be the kind of person people can rely on. I want to be the kind of person people look up to and respect. I want my kids to have a mom who lives by example. I definitely want people to think of me as someone who has integrity.


  • Schedule-This is a tough one especially for those of us with families. We can constantly work on our schedule to get things just right for everything to change again. I think we have to do the best we can. In the book Rory talks about making the best of the season you are in. I have to say that I agree with that. “The Take the Stairs mindset is not about hard work or smart work; it’s about both.”


  • Faith- Rory pretty much speaks my language on this one.  “Sometimes we make choices not out of a lack of discipline, but out of a lack of perspective and faith.”  He goes as far as saying that if he puts his Faith first, everything else just falls into place.  Solid advice.


  • Action– This is the clincher.  “The problem for most of us is not as much a matter of skill as a matter of will.”  Once you figure out what it is you want to do, you must take action.  Bottom line, case closed.


I love the quotes in this book.  I love the message behind it.  Overall, I find that it is a great read to keep you motivated towards continually striving for your goals.  What are goals without action?  They are simply thoughts.  Achieving goals takes massive action.

Give yourself permission to do whatever you need to do to meet your goals.  And let me know what other books I should read next!

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