Many of the recent conversations I’ve had with friends, coaching clients, and colleagues have been about pushing through difficult and trying seasons, and choosing to keep going when the results don’t seem to match the amount of effort and work they’ve put in. I’ve definitely experienced all of the above so I totally get their frustrations. I have felt like quitting on striving for better and reaching my goals many times throughout my life. However, once I came to understand that struggles, obstacles, and challenges are inevitable no matter how well you plan or how much money you have, I discovered better ways to remain productive and persistent in even the toughest times. I want to share some of my practices with you.
One of my favorite bible verses is Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Along with reciting this bible verse as many times as needed to convince myself that my hard work is not in vain, I also remind myself of the process it takes for a seed to blossom. Many times, we give up on reaping an extraordinary harvest because we don’t have the extraordinary faith needed to bring it into fruition. When you plant a seed and water it appropriately, it will grow. However, you won’t be able to see it growing in the darkness beneath the dirt. You simply have to trust that the time you take to nurture your seed will produce the expected result. You have no choice except to be patient with it because there’s nothing you can do to rush the process. Depending on what kind of seed you plant, the timing of when you will see it blossom will vary. You can’t expect an oak tree to take the same amount of time to sprout as a sunflower. If you have big goals, and visions, you must allow the required time necessary for those goals to be reached and those visions to be manifested. While you wait, instead of worrying and stressing, you should be preparing to be a good steward over your blessings once you receive them.
I read a quote once that said, “He who indulges in idleness deserves no success.” What I know for certain is that success is only obtained by those who are willing to work for it. It’s not easy and laziness isn’t part of the recipe. In the past, my most discouraging moments would cause me to complain more and do less. Now when I get discouraged, I do more and complain less. I make it a point to be productive daily regardless of what I’m going through or how I’m feeling . In doing so, I have discovered more ways to move my life forward in times when I feel stuck or unsure of what my next move should be. Some of those things include reading a book, listening to an inspirational message, trying a new experience, going for a walk outside, writing my thoughts and positive affirmations in my journal, and helping others. I have found that by choosing to find productive things to do in the times when I feel like being productive least has kept me in a flow of growth and progression. I may not know what outcome my efforts will produce or when, but I do know that it’s only a matter of time before I see the results from the consistent work I put in. Because I am constantly sowing positive seeds, I am guaranteeing that I will reap a positive harvest. Because I sow a variety of positive seeds daily, I am constantly reaping something positive ranging from receiving encouraging messages to receiving opportunities to further my career.
If your life is a marathon, the only way to get to the finish line is to keep going. However, part of winning is knowing when to take a break or slow down to rejuvenate. Although from the outside looking in, it may look like I’m always moving or busy doing something, I can assure you that I take time weekly to refresh, recharge, and reflect. There is no creation in this world that can run non-stop without pausing for scheduled maintenance. That includes you. My laptop does automatic updates so it will shut down right in the middle of me working if an update is scheduled during that time. It’s an annoyance, but also a reminder that I too need to pause to check-in with myself and apply what I’ve learned so far to upgrade my life. Your body will tell you when you need rest and nourishment. Listen to it. The better you treat yourself, the further and faster you’ll be able to go.
Beginning July 1, 2019, myself and She Wins Society members will embark on the 6 month Grow Glow Win Challenge. During this challenge, we will work on mastering discipline, consistency, productivity, and resilience. We are committing ourselves to be further along and in a better position to win come January 1, 2020. We are holding one another accountable for managing our time wisely and doing the best we can with the time, energy, and blessings we’ve been given despite the trials and obstacles we face in our daily lives. Our Facebook group will be full of daily motivation and inspiration to work smarter and win bigger. For access and to join us, I encourage you to become a member today.