Waiting. Difficult for a society that thrives on instant gratification. Even now…as I anticipate some big goals and projects I’m working toward…I find myself glancing at the Gmail tab on my browser…curious who has tipped my new message count from 0 to 5 in just a matter of 2-3 minutes. In fact, I find the only way I can proceed with writing this blog post is to close all tabs but WordPress.
Let’s face it. Waiting isn’t always fun. We want to see progress and we want it NOW. Some folks agonize over even small windows of time. What good does this really do us? Why the constant rush and/or distraction? It’s in these periods of patience that we truly see growth and progress. Much like a caterpillar needs a specific amount of time in it’s cocoon before it transforms into a butterfly, so we all must confidently be patient with our respective journeys. And if we rush the process, we’re losing vital components necessary to personal growth and development. There is purpose behind our struggles.
This parallels well with my business. What I do really boils down to a numbers game, however, everyone’s numbers are different. In my business, I know that if I’m engaging with enough people, I will continue to see growth and success. This past year is a clear indicator of this. If I came into this business saying “I hope this works,” or “I hope my business will grow,” then I might as well throw in the towel right there. We have a proven, duplicatable system that WILL work…given that one follows it. Now, everyone’s path is going to be different. Some businesses are going to grow quicker than others…again, because everyone’s numbers and networks are unique. What’s key is that you keep following the system and you keep stepping out in faith, knowing that your patient persistence will be rewarded.
I came across this lovely image and Bible verse that fits well with this:
…See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm…(James 5:7-8 NIV.)
We must follow suit with the farmer – who doesn’t question or rush the process. Whatever your career or endeavor, know that your desires will be fulfilled if you continue to walk in faith, serve others and continue following that little voice inside your head that says you’re destined for great things…