Sometimes, it is easy to lose faith in our goals if we are not consistently experiencing "small wins." Recently, I have been facing setback after setback in multiple areas of life, and needed just ONE small win to prove to myself that I was on the right path. I began to lose faith after not seeing a direct impact, and somehow convinced myself that I was wasting time and energy. After taking a step back to reflect, I can confidently say that I had won way more than expected, in areas that I had not anticipated. I have learned more through these past few months than I ever have in a college course or classroom. The direct result of hard work and passion might not have been what I was aiming to create, but there was most definitely something created out of it. Let's dive deeper into what was learned.
Some call it the law of the universe, the law of success, the law of attraction, the law of conservation of energy - some just call it hard work. The point of it is this: nothing has been or ever will be created from sitting still, but something will ALWAYS happen when you decide to focus your efforts consistently and passionately. It takes one form of energy to create another form of energy. If you decide to focus 1 hour every single day to a task that is aimed at reaching your goals, it is impossible to not create an impact. You are taking energy away from your normal routine to redirect it into something else that you deem necessary. Over time, those short yet consistent chunks of time add up to be much more than just hours on the clock. You are not creating energy, you are just redirecting it into something more productive.
The Tidal Wave Effect
Sometimes, we have a grand vision for where we want to be, what our future life will look like, and we will stop at nothing to achieve it. Sometimes, we do not end up exactly where we are aiming and allow ourselves be crushed by the outcome. Just because you put in countless hours, passion, and persistence into a goal, does not automatically promise you the desired outcome. Nonetheless, it does promise AN OUTCOME. You might not even see a direct result from it for years, but someone else might see it immediately. Someone might witness your vision and hard work, and decide to create their own vision and passion from it. You might not ever comprehend it, but you have changed the world in one way or another. Many of us look at the term "change the world" and expect an immediate tidal wave effect; it takes many small decisions to create a tidal wave, and you might just be the catalyst without ever even knowing it. Do not focus on changing the world with tidal waves, but focus on changing the immediate world around you and the rest will follow in time.
I want to leave you with this quote to ponder throughout the next week:
"The cost of inaction is greater than the cost of action."