2019 has been an incredible year of growth and learning! Although it has been an exciting year, there have certainly been difficult moments. But when I look back, I can see that it was those moments that drove me to think bigger, to be better, to not let anyone else define my success.
“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”
You see, during the day I work as a teacher, and I love my job. Everyday I get to impact the lives of my students in meaningful ways. I get to encourage them and believe in them, to motivate them and to celebrate with them. I love my day job.
But, this year, I started something new. This year, I’ve been waking early in the morning to work on a little side hustle, something that could potentially change my life, the lives of my family and possibly the lives of people I haven’t yet met.
Have you got a dream that you’re working towards? Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone to achieve something you really, really want?
The question is, how badly do you want it?
How badly do you want success and all the hopes and dreams that it carries. And what are you prepared to do? What lengths are you prepared to go to?
In the book The 10x Rule, Grant Cardone writes:
~ if you’re after big goals you don’t want to settle for the ordinary
~ extreme success lies beyond the realm of normal action
~ if you want to achieve extreme success you can’t operate like everyone else
~ aim 10x higher than you are right now and even if you come up short you’ll still be farther along than you are right now.
Are you willing to work as hard and as long as it takes?
The sad reality is that many people give up too soon, or the moment that it gets hard! And it always does.
Nothing comes easy and the harder we work the sweeter the reward!
You may find the extra time commitment a struggle, or the financial input that is required at the start may put you on the back foot. You may find people unsupportive, people who make you feel unworthy, even unintentionally. And sadly, often times it’s our family or friends, the very people we turn to for support, that hurt us the most. I know as my excitement bubbled for what I had discovered and all its possibilities, I found that the people closest to me did not share in my excitement. And it hurt.
But here’s the thing: it is those most painful moments that give us the biggest opportunity for growth. The truth is that it’s almost always the hardest and biggest challenges that lead to the biggest breakthroughs. The trick is to keep at it. To be consistent.
And so, while we can’t change how other people behave, we CAN choose how we react. We can choose to pick up, dust off and keep moving forward.
We can also choose to believe in a God that wants the best for us, a God that determines our steps.
Jeremiah 17:7 But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.
It’s your choice 🙂
My challenge for you this week is to consciously look for ways to lift other people up . Be humble and kind and generous. Be forgiving. Be encouraging. But most of all, don’t ever give up. Ever.
Live with purpose and integrity. Trust in the Lord. Success will come.