At church this morning, our pastor gave his homily on the story of Simon and Andrew. Jesus
saw them casting a net out to sea to catch fish. He remarked to them, follow Me and I will make
you fishers of men. During his homily, he brought up a super important point that spoke volumes
about what I wanted to post today.
PATIENCE. All too often, we as humans look for shortcuts to acquire a certain skill or think we don’t need to go through the necessary steps to become competent at something.
Do me a favor and look at fitness trends or products…”lose 30 pounds in 30 days”, “gain 20
pounds of muscle in 3 months”, shed body fat in 3 easy steps”. Now, listen to these silly
promos…”go from sales clerk to CEO in 30 days”, “be a real estate mogul in 30 days”, and “speak
(insert new language here) fluently in 60 days”. Do these sound reasonable?
Creating wealth takes time, work promotions take time, and physical transformations take time. If the
the program has the word EASY…steer clear!
In my last post, I used S.T.R.O.N.G as an acronym that I use for success. The “S” stands for
“self-discipline”. Self-discipline requires patience and a willingness to put in the work. Theodore
Roosevelt summed this concept up perfectly in this quote….
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I
have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many
people who led difficult lives and led them well.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Fortunately, I have had many great teachers and coaches that have taught me that in order to
grow and achieve greatness, you MUST get out of your comfort zone and embrace the process.
There are NO shortcuts to growth. It requires patience and a willingness to do the things that
you should do not the things you want to do.
S.T.R.O.N.G (take note of this acronym…it is a systematic approach to success)