My wife is an artist. The picture above is her working on one of her paintings.
Every time she starts a new painting, there are two critical times in the process for her.
The first one is when she decides to start. It’s during this part of the process that that little voice starts yelling, “You can’t do this. You know the painting won’t turn out right. The dimensions will be wrong. The colors won’t work. Even if you do get started, you’ll never finish it.”
The second one is half way through the project. After my wife’s been working really hard on a painting, and it’s not coming together the way she wants, I’ve heard her on more than one occasion say, “I just can’t do this. It looks terrible. I’m going to throw the whole thing away.”
Sometimes, she’ll draw me into her own self-doubting dialogue and ask, “Honey, how do you think this looks? Do these colors work? Does the nose look right? Is this any good or should I just scrap it?” I find this part of the conversation a scary place to be! Usually with a nod and a few affirming words, the painting is safe – at least for another day.
The key during these two crucial times in the process is for my wife to keep going.
One more stroke of the brush followed by another, followed by another. Try a different shade of color here; rework this part of the painting over there. Eventually, yes eventually, she finishes another beautiful painting.
The same is true in our own lives.
We just have to keep going! Growth and greatness are always the result of a lot of hard work over a long period of time. In the end P-E-R-S-E-V-E-R-A-N-C-E always pays off.
When you think of Michael Phelps, who at the age of 27, became the most decorated Olympian of all time, you should remember that he logged hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of miles in the pool, stroke by stoke, day by day, and year by year, for twenty years – before he reached his status of “success.”
Building a life that counts is no different. It’s a step by step, day by day, line by line, season by season, year by year, decade by decade process. At the end our life won’t be perfect, but at least we’ve made progress we would have never made if we had never started or stopped in the middle. So keep at it! Perseverance pays.
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