I haven’t been around in awhile, I know. We’ve had our heads down, blinders on, just trudging through a place in our life and our business where we are very, very focused on building some momentum toward goals we have for 2017.
Ever been there?
It’s called “the Grind”. You’re in the wilderness knowing your destination is out there, but not quite able to lock eyes on it yet. You can’t stop, you can’t go backward, you can only keep moving forward.
“Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” -James 1:2-4
This part takes pure, unabashed Faith. Oh, and major discipline built on a strong foundation of proper habits! Yeah…that! There’s a lot that leads up to this phase, it doesn’t just happen overnight…and being in “the Grind” is a positive thing!
You’ve been called, you’ve learned, you’ve practiced…now you know what to do and you’ve built the habits, so it’s just a matter of walking it out, knowing you’ve already won! Doing the things that will get you to your goal over and over and over and over, and over and over and over and over.
This is a great season to be in. Although, never easy. It’s the seed planting season. The harvest is coming. The farmer knows that, you need to know that too. Your actions will lead to the result…Just not necessarily tomorrow.
Pastor Rick Warren says it so much better than I ever could. “This is the law of the harvest: There is always a delay between sowing and reaping. You plant in one season, and you reap in another. God wants to see if you’re going to keep cultivating, planting, and sowing. If He sees consistency in your life, then the harvest will come. [aka “the Grind”] It will not come immediately, because it proves nothing if he does it immediately — no character development or stretching your faith.”
God uses “the Grind” phase in our goals, life, businesses, family, and so on to prepare us! A season of preparation. We need to be able to handle the responsibilities of the goal once we achieve it.
It takes faith, discipline, and patience, yes; but this phase is what produces exactly what you’re after. It’s necessary. So, if you’re in this phase…don’t stop! Keep your head down and your blinders on. Focus. And one day soon, you’ll look up and look around and you’ll realize you accomplished exactly what you set out to do, and it’s better than you ever could have expected too!
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” -Galatians 6:9