[A creative plea]
There’s a reason so few people make the Olympics–because it’s an incredibly difficult (impossible) task for everyone. This includes those who make it. Few people are willing to get up every morning at 4:00 before work or school to practice. Fewer still are willing to do this for multiple years.
When it comes to pursuing your dream and your calling, you will face challenges and opportunities along the way. Many times it will become difficult. Obstacles will impede progress. Doors will shut and roads will close.
But most of the time it’s the struggle to consistently show up, putting in the hours of work, receiving little or no recognition. This is the difficult work.
If changing the world were easy, everyone would do it. (Tweet This)
But this is your opportunity. This is the cost of success. Everyone knows the formula, though few are willing to follow it because it takes too long. Here’s how to take advantage of the opportunity:
Show Up: Make a commitment to show up and do the work. This means whether you feel like it or not. Others don’t feel like showing up, so they don’t. Fewer people are showing up to do hard work, so you have an opportunity
Don’t Track Results in the Beginning: Too many ideas were killed prematurely because the results weren’t world changing in the beginning. Don’t track your blog readers in the beginning, just write. Don’t count the audience size when starting to speak, just speak with passion and energy like there’s 5000 people in the crowd. Too many people see meager results in the beginning and quit too soon. This is your opportunity to push through and make it.
Keep Learning: Part of what makes fulfilling your calling and dream in the beginning is there’s a gap between your knowledge, experience and today. Make a commitment to keep learning. While most people stopped reading books in high school, you keep reading. Most people stopped paying for education after college, but you sign up for seminars, workshops and conferences. By shortening the gap of your knowledge and experience, you will gain an advantage. While others turn to Netflix, you turn to growing. This is your opportunity.
When excitement and passion wear off, most people quit—giving up on their calling. This is YOUR OPPORTUNITY. Those that changed the world, that fulfill their callings didn’t quit, they kept working, they continued to show up, the increased their learning and pushed through.
This is your opportunity too. The fact that it’s difficult is the reason you should lean in and embrace it.
Few thoughts on how to keep going when it seems far easier to quit:
Remember why you started in the first place. Recall the passion that started you down the road years ago. Rekindle that passion to keep going.
Find the Finish line. Pause and figure out where the finish line is. Often it’s closer than we realize. Sometimes it’s literally over the hill we’re climbing.
Consider the Change. What would your life look like if you were to fulfill your calling? What would happen if you could get that degree? What would happen if you wrote the book, started the non-profit, launched the business?
Think of what hangs in the balance. Consider what hangs in the balance of your decision. How many people will miss out on being helped, healed, or blessed if you quit now? I had a reader of one of my books tell me it inspired her to reconcile with a estranged sibling after decades of not talking! There are people that need your help, ideas, writing, service, business, and passion.
I know it’s difficult. I know it’s not easy. The good news is, that’s the same for everyone else. The question is, what are you going to do?