He who works the land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lack judgment - Proverbs 12:11 NIV
I was talking with Mike Sickles on yesterday while he was training my 2 sons (he's doing a great job and I would highly recommend him!), and our conversation centered around the lack of effort that we both see people putting into training. We both agreed that people want the results, but oftentimes are unwilling to put in the effort needed to achieve them. As Mike so eloquently stated, "you gotta put in the work." How many infomercials do we see on TV where the advertiser promises instant results with a minimal amount of effort? You take this pill once a day and you will see the pounds melt away! All of this for $19.99 with free shipping and handling!
I have been guilty of this "microwave" mentality myself as evidenced by the moves that I have made in my professional career. For a period of time, all it took for me to look at other opportunities was a recruiter to make a phone call with the promise of increased compensation along with faster and easier underwriting. The word that I focused on was "easy." That's all it took and I was gone to the next position, leaving behind clients and the sweat equity that I had built. I was chasing after the easier way to do things, not realizing that no matter where you are, there is work involved for you to experience lasting success.
The lesson of developing and practicing consistent focused work habits is one that I am trying to impart on my children, especially my 2 sons, as they participate in athletics. They need to realize that the difference that separates them from the next competitor is determined by the amount of work that you put into training. If you desire to achieve great things, it begins with the work that you put in on a consistent basis. As the passage in Proverbs states, 'The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied' (Proverbs 13:4). Men, when you are tempted to seek the easy way to achieving your goals, remember that there is no shortcut to success. It requires consistent, focused effort which develops the habits and disciplines needed for success. In doing this, you provide an example for both your family and friends.
ACTION PLAN: RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO SEEK THE EASY WAY TO ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS AND COMMIT TO A FOCUSED SYSTEMATIC PLAN THAT YOU EXECUTE ON A DAILY BASIS.
PLEASE COMMENT ON HOW YOU WILL START YOUR PROCESS TO ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.