We live in a world where we want instant gratification.
Unfortunately, we've gotten accustomed to it. We can text someone and hear back from him/her in a minute. We can order an item off Amazon and have it delivered the next day. We can get food from a drive-thru in a matter of minutes.
We are so used to just getting things when we want them, but we often forget that in order to make real progress it takes time.
My daughter is going through that right now. She and our son-in-law are building their first home, and the progress seems so slow. They are due to be in it by mid-October, but it's so hard to wait when you're super excited. Today, the framing started, and she is so stoked. But again, even though progress is being made, it will still take time to complete.
It's so hard to wait, right?
The key to progress is making sure we are building in consistent effort each day. We can't expect to get better at something if we don't practice. Sometimes I get frustrated when I golf, because I don't play very well. I don't know why I would expect to be good when I don't get out and practice consistently.
It's the same with my writing. I know it takes time to make progress on it. Consistently writing each day will make a difference in the long run. But sometimes there are challenges. Like today, for example. For various reasons, I wasn't in the mood to write. I had other things going on throughout the day and I kept putting it off. I even watched three episodes of Friends as I was officially in avoidance mode.
But guess what?
I'm finally sitting myself down to write, because it matters. If I'm going to make progress, I absolutely have to commit to sitting down and taking the time to write each day. Some days the writing will come easily and effortlessly. Other days (like today) the writing will be less than stellar, but it's sitting down and doing it that counts.
It just takes time.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.