Why knowing is not enough
Updated: Jul 19, 2019
Most of us know that in order to be fit and healthy you have to eat the right foods and exercise regularly. We know that in order to run a marathon we need to train - starting with small distances and then building up until our fitness and stamina is up to marathon level. We know if we want to have good teeth we need to brush them twice a day every day. We know all of these goals require consistent action in order to achieve.
We can't think ourselves into being healthy and fit humans, we can't think ourselves into being marathon runners and we can't think ourselves to have good teeth.
So why is it that when it comes to our dreams many of us don't take any action towards fulfilling them?
An athlete could not call him or herself an athlete without training every day - one training session does not make an athlete. One work out certainly does not get me a six pack or toned thighs!
Many of us will read books on how to improve our wealth, how to be successful, how to be fit and healthy but I'm sure it's pretty clear to you by now that if we could read our way to success we'd all be sitting by the pool sipping cocktails!
Fulfilling our dreams require consistently taking action every single day - remember the title of my last post 'little by little, one travels far' well we'd all get a very long way towards achieving our goals if we took one step toward them every single day.
I read a quote that really resonated with me and even more so because I recognise we live in a society now where most seek instant gratification.
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant" Robert Lewis Stevenson
This quote really helped me reset my focus on doing something each day that took me closer to realising my dreams and recognising that I needed to measure progress, measure the number of seeds I was planting. The harvest after all is just the outcome of the seeds we plant - no seeds, no harvest.
It's easy to get disheartened when you feel stuck and nothing appears to be changing despite all the effort you may be putting in but you have to trust the process - change is gradual and sometimes you don't even notice because the increments are so small.
I got feedback recently from a friend on how fit and toned I looked and I was over the moon,
I've been consistently going to the gym four to five times a week for over eighteen months but because the change in my body shape was so gradual I didn't notice - I kept going, trusting the process and believing that my efforts would lead me to the body I wanted - I'm fitter and more toned now than I've ever been! Next step is addressing my diet - I haven't quite nailed that yet!
If you have a dream don't give up on it, take consistent action every single day - you may not reap the harvest until some way down the road but please trust that if you are planting seeds the harvest will come.
Don't worry about that first seed to be planted, it could be as simple as taking the time to research your dream and getting clearer on what is needed to fulfil it. As a friend once told me, be faithful with the small and the big will come.
To your life wins, all my love.