Work It Out! On Purpose
If you have ever been excited about a new venture, then you know the thrill it creates.
Just ask any 16 year-old, who’s daddy promises him the old family pick up. But old Bessy’s got a bad engine and a shoddy alternator.
“No problem,” says Junior. “I’ll work on the old gal myself.”
The thought of tootling under the hood of his very own car is enough to rev up Junior.
Or, just ask the blushing newlywed still floating on blissful clouds of joy. The divorce rate may be fifty one percent. But she plans to be the best wife ever, and make her love last.
Yes, life is filled with good intentions. But happy visions through rose-colored glasses start to fade when what we pursue is no longer “fun” or easy.
So let me ask, what ambitious goal have you let fall by the wayside because reaching it has become a troublesome chore?
Remember when you were flushed with a feeling of purpose? Giddy thoughts of triumph stole your every moment.
That dream of going back to school, or starting your own business was vivid in your mind. Your future was so bright you glowed just talking about it.
Then the dark clouds of reality yanked you back. And the excitement your dreams had carefully constructed began to crumble.
For Junior, working on old Bessy became a task. The thrill of owning her was gone. Now she’s just an awful eye sore; a reminder of what still could be, with a little hard work.
As for the young bride, one too many arguments over dinner had left a bad taste in her mouth.
It frazzled her nerve. Disillusion set in. And she wanted out.
But aren’t we all guilty of wanting out? Of giving up on something when the going got rough?
“Fun” fizzles and we are ready to take flight.
Feelings and emotions shift like the sand. That’s why the one who is wise knows not to build on them.
Let them inspire you. But it’s dogged discipline and dedication to a task that keep us grounded and growing.
Yes, exciting thoughts of success help create our thirst for fulfillment. But it’s only work that quenches that thirst.
That’s why you can’t give in. Instead, you’ve got to work it out!
When the thrill of carving out a better life gets lost in the chaos of harsh setbacks, hold on to hope and work even harder.
Working on purpose is what empowers us. Work is what gets things done.
Work is deliberate, methodical, at times even boring.
But work satisfies the soul. Indeed, it is what drives us to success.
So, what are you working on today?
Are you moving on purpose? Or you relying on hopeful images in your mind to create your better tomorrow.
Without committing them to action, tomorrow will never come.
Today, get busy and get to work!