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Monday Motivation: How to get from here and there

Posted by Craig Summers on January 1, 1970
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I am here. I want to get there. But the gap is so wide it is overwhelming.

Have you ever felt like that? I know I sure have and quite frankly it feels like it is almost be too much to even deal with at times. We can feel this way about our job, our health, our faith, our finances, our relationships. I will bet all of us have at least one area of our life where we are dealing with this right now.

So, what are we to do? Throw in the towel and say forget it, it’s just too hard, or what? No way.

We are an instant gratification society and therein lies part of our problem. We want it now. Texting, email, internet, downloading music, you name it. We can have most things we want in seconds today. Unfortunately, for the most important things in life there is no quick fix, no quick solution, no text, email, or website.

It takes time. It takes discipline. It takes accountability.

So, here is our challenge. Quit wasting time looking for the instant gratification solution and get to work on chipping away at it. It’s like this: If you want to get fit and healthy but have been eating awful for years and not exercised in decades it is not going to happen overnight. Heck it is not going to happen in days or weeks. Accept the fact that it is going to take months, or perhaps years to accomplish it. And in the end, to maintain it, we will need to stick with it for a lifetime.

The key is to start small. Ride 20 minutes on the bike 3 times a week. Then build on that bit by bit over time. After a few months you will get up to 60 minutes+, 5 times a week+… Then with discipline, accountability, consistency and time, you will experience the breakthrough you are looking for.

It works this way for anything worthwhile in life. No matter what it is we are trying to accomplish in life remember the metaphor of starting with just 20 minutes, 3 times a week on the bike. Not an hour, not 7 days a week. Just start small and build on it over time. Because if we really want it and if we stick with it, we will be amazed at we can accomplish…we will bridge that huge gap and get there.

Be passionate, but be patient and make it a powerful week.

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