The Equation of Success
by Kayla Howard
I want to see results NOW! I want my child to read TODAY. I want to be thinner YESTERDAY. I want to be debt free TOMORROW!
I have struggled with this way of thinking. Have you? I want the results, but fail to build for the great outcome brick by brick. Instead of doing that task that is unexciting, boring and purely monotonous, I might instead—well—put it off…over and over again…
…Until all the sudden it must be done yesterday. Oops!
Another sneaky thought pattern goes like this, “I can get that done real quick later.” Ha! How many times has that com around to smack your backside? Later is one of those “mythical lands where 99% of human intent dwells.” Later means just what the root word suggests, “late.”
What if the mechanic working on car took it completely apart, then took a vacation to Hawaii for 2 months. He just figured he’d finish it later when he felt like finishing.
Or what if you were having a surgery and about halfway through, the surgeon said, “hey guys, let’s get some coffee” and everyone left you. You’d likely die! That’s ridiculous, yes, but failing to follow through is exactly that.
Positive results are usually the product of faithfully deciding to work in small seemingly insignificant steps every day. My child will only learn to read when I work for a few minutes daily to teach her. She will not learn how to read in one day when I try to cram half a year’s worth of curriculum down her throat.
You are not going to wake up one day with a box on money on your doorstep designated to pay off all your debts. However, you can get there by forgoing the latte, new skirt and car wash every week in town.
The same principles apply to fitness goals. It did not take you one day or even one week to put on the extra sizes. It was not exercising and over-eating one choice at a time which produced a bigger you. Now, one choice to exercise and skip the second helping is going to produce a smaller you.
I really liked Dave Ramsey’s analogy of being a slow cooker… Very few goals are reached in the phantom “microwave” of success, but they will be accomplished in the slow cooker of faithfulness!
People ask me all the time, “how did you build your website and your online business?” Moms all around me are looking into how they can make working at home doable for them. I love it when they start asking me those questions, and will be sharing some answers this month in this coaching program. But the most important ingredient was and always is, be faithful with the little things and with all the time you have be given.
Expecting results without being faithful first is a mindset of lack and will produce a lack of results.