Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.
~ Israelmore Ayivor
I have to confess. I have been quite frustrated with the time it is taking manifest my vision. When my story is written, it definitely will NOT say I was an overnight success! I’ve been working at attaining my goals for a while, but it always seems like the finality of them is just beyond my reach. I recently became so frustrated that I all but gave up. I lost my passion. Didn’t see what the purpose was for me to keep doing things that brought me no joy. I was not enjoying the process. I just wanted the end result.
This blog entry is me checking myself for being so impatient with me. It is me confronting the lack of grace I have given myself and the lack of appreciation for the small installments – the glimpses of success – that I have experienced. To be honest, I am blessed beyond measure and I can’t complain. But I’ve come to realize that success is relative. What others may see on the outside is not the whole story. Nobody sees how many times I cry, cuss, take naps because I’m exhausted, or completely shut down and lie in the bed with the curtains drawn and the lights off.
These are the costs of success. It isn’t easy to remain on track when things don’t always go your way. It is easy to get off course and begin procrastinating or doing the things that are easy instead of the things that are necessary. If you get kicked in the stomach enough times you’ll wonder if it is even worth it. But let me encourage you as I encourage myself – it is more than worth it, it is necessary.
Our pursuits of purpose and passion are why we exist. We can’t afford to waste time, shrink back, or drift about aimlessly. When you start doing that, you sacrifice incremental successes, the joy of the journey, and ultimately the end goal. Celebrate small wins. They keep you energized so don’t take them for granted. I’m still mastering the art of being content without being complacent. The balance between being grateful yet unsatisfied is narrow, but it is paramount. Never rest on yesterday’s laurels or get so burned out that you can’t get back up and fight another day. Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments….