If you’re like most of my readers, you’re here because you want to live life on purpose. You love the idea of intentional living and are working to create a life you’re proud of. You’re creating a future of opportunity for your children and loved ones.
You want to be your best self and I love that about you.
I imagine that along the way, you had a kairos moment when you woke up and said, this isn’t working anymore.
At least that’s what happened to me. I was going along, doing what I thought I was supposed to do. Over the course of a few years, I came to the realization that I had it all wrong. I was living someone else’s dream, not my own. I was unhealthy, unfulfilled, and unhappy. I was ready for change.
The process of change began seven years ago after listening to Seth Godin’s, Linchpin, while traveling for a job I would grow to hate. The following year my husband, Jer, and I got ultra-intentional about transforming our lives. Over the next four years, we built a foundation that has provided us the freedom to go after dreams we never thought possible.
We’re not there yet. I imagine we will never get there. I believe that we humans are filled with unlimited potential and as long as we’re living, we should be learning and growing. And if we ever get there, I imagine we’ll learn that it was all about the journey.And if we ever get there, I imagine we’ll learn that it was all about the journey. Click To Tweet
As my husband, Jer, and I closed out the previous year and began setting goals and intentions for the coming year, two truths became exceedingly clear.
- It Never Gets Easier.
- But It Always Gets More Rewarding.
As Jer and I discussed where we want to be 5, 10, 20 years from now, it became clear that it’s not going to get easier. In fact, it’s getting harder. For each goal we accomplish, the next one is increasingly more difficult.For each goal we accomplish, the next one is increasingly more difficult. Click To Tweet
It never seems this way when we look at those who have gone before us. Does it?
It always seems like they took a Big Leap and landed where they needed to be. The truth is that they started small and stayed consistent over a long period of time.
At one point, they were where you are today.
Each time they leveled up, they persevered. They faced their fears and kept moving forward. Each time they moved forward, it got harder. Each time it got harder, they got better.Each time they moved forward, it got harder. Each time it got harder, they got better. Click To Tweet
As it becomes more challenging, it also becomes more rewarding. Let’s look at an example with personal finance.
When we’re trying to change our financial future, we always start small. We begin by saving a tiny emergency fund or paying off a credit card. Then those of us with grit start saving and investing a higher percentage of our income each year. Next, we start paying off cars, student loans, and even mortgages. We are now able to give generously, build businesses and leave a legacy.
In comparison, it’s relatively easy to save $1000 or pay off a credit card. Paying off a mortgage, though, takes more time and discipline.
It’s important to remember that we never go from 1 to 1000. It’s a process. As it gets more difficult, we get better.
As the difficulty increases, so does the reward.
As you make your way through this New Year, remember this when the going gets tough.
It’s never going to get easier. But the reward makes it worth it every time.It’s never going to get easier. But the reward makes it worth it every time. Click To Tweet
What have been some of the most difficult changes you’ve had to make? Do you feel that the reward matched the challenge?
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