This is a Sunday study post with some mind/soul nourishment. Let me know what you think. I hope to do a lot of these in the future.
Education. Marathon training. Cooking dinner. Building a business.
For anything you’ve ever set out to do in life, how many times does this verse apply?
Let’s say there are 3 steps to succeeding at anything we do.
Step 1 = START. Set a goal and a strategy to get there.
Step 2 = Work really hard through all the obstacles and details.
Step 3 = FINISH! Put a bow on it and throw a proper celebration party.
Step 1 is fun. Exciting. Hopefully also a little scary because you’re challenging yourself!
Step 3 is ecstasy. Empowering. We’ve gained wisdom and experience.
Step 3 is better than Step 1 because you have to survive Step 2 to get there. It’s easy to start a bunch of projects or set out to accomplish worthwhile goals. It’s not easy to see them through to the end.
The problem is always Step 2. It sucks. There is zero fun in step 2. Okay, maybe not zero…but Step 2 is an emotional roller coaster; it’s when everything goes wrong, you lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel, you run out of time and energy, you feel unequal to the task, you wonder why you signed up for another one of these God forsaken marathons?!
The difference between success and failure?
What makes the difference between reaching Step 3 or giving up in the middle of Step 2 madness can be described as choosing patience over pride.
Pride tells you to stick to your “genius” plan even as it crumbles to pieces around you.
Patience tells you to slow down and reassess your approach.
Pride tells you not to ask for help because you’ll look like a fool for needing it.
Patience tells you to seek out the best advice, even if it isn’t what you want to hear.
Pride tells you to give up quietly so no one sees you’re a failure.
Patience tells you to press on quietly when you don’t get it right the first time.
I have so many plans. So many dreams. It brings energy to my life. However, a big part of my plan for success is to make sure I’m committed to finishing, not just starting, and choosing patience over pride.
- What one goal do you plan on accomplishing next?
- What tricks have you learned to help you stick through “Step 2”?
- Who do you trust to give you good, helpful feedback, even if it’s hard to hear?