Oct 26, 2016
On Sunday I had the chance to go to church with two friends from Chicago who now live here in Colorado and I loved the sermon from that day. The pastor started with a story about a friend of his who went elk hunting all the time but had never caught an elk. Fourteen years later he finally got one and couldn't be more ecstatic. His point? Sometimes the good things take a long time, a lot of fighting, and plenty of persistence and we have to decide whether that battle is worth the outcome.
He spoke about how God may promise us good things in life but we often have to go through some serious battles to get to those places, just like when God told Joshua and the Israelites he would give them the promised land, but they had to go through 31 battles to claim the land. He then brought the story to our current lives and how many, many times in life God could have been setting amazing opportunities in front of us, but once we meet any resistance we turn around and go back home, back into our comfort zone.
It's amazing how many great things we could be experiencing in life if we just had a little more faith and patience.
How do we know if we should quit or keep going? First, figure out where your battles are in life and then decide if the outcome you're working for is worth the fight. Just because we meet resistance with something we want in life doesn't mean our intuition is off or it's just not meant to be. Listen to your gut, intuition, Holy Spirit, or whatever you want to call it, and if it's something that is important to you and your values, then keep moving and fighting and the rewards will be worth the battle.
His sermon actually reminds me quite a bit of what I'm learning reading The Slight Edge. In the book, the author also talks about the importance of patience; the willingness to do the mundane, daily tasks; and time. He specifically says,
"The secret time is simply this: time is the force that magnifies those little, almost imperceptible, seemingly insignificant things you do every day into something titanic and unstoppable."
There's no such thing as instant success or an overnight success. Sure, it may seem like a business either succeeded or flopped overnight, but in truth, someone was either doing positive or negative daily habits, every day for a long time to make that happen. Can you think of a time in life where you look back and ask yourself how that passed by so quickly? I sure can! But did it feel quick while you were in it? Law school certainly didn't feel fast while reading through each and every one of those cases, or writing those memos, but when it was all said and done it felt like it had flown by.
This concept can apply to almost everything in life and is why so many people quit early on. For example, let's say you add in some healthy habits to your every day schedule. You're not going to see instant results or feedback in just a couple weeks, which is what we are all so used to these days. But what if you KEPT doing those habits every single day for 3 months? Or 6 months? That's when you really start to see the results. Everyone else around you will think you suddenly lost 10lbs and got a healthy glow, but you know it took a long time, consistent action, and patience.
So don't give up.
As Jeff Olson says, "The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer." No matter what your battle is right now or how long it's taking you to get to where you want to go, don't give up. You never know when the momentum is going to kick in and you start to see the results that you want to see.