Last night was hard for me in a lot of ways. I came face to face with my pursuits and mostly my failures last night. I was sitting with my dad and we were going over photos from my Brothers project over the last 3 years...building a house.
Building a house is a huge endeavor, takes a lot of planning, skill, coordination, money 💰.
Those are the things that we know about...
Building a house also takes sacrifice, time, energy, more time, discipline, hard work, literal blood, sweat, and tears. My brother put all of these things into his home for his family. Backstory: He bought a BIG TIME Fixer upper. He transformed this home from a trash heap into a beautiful, two-story casita of kinds.
Through this process of remembering the journey, I could not help but start to draw some parallels to my own accomplishments during the time my brother worked on this. I realized that there has been very little in my life that I have accomplished. Nothing of lasting impact that I had wanted to get done over the years.
Coming face to face with this reality was and will be a hard pill to swallow. It's hard to realize that what you have been doing for the past 2-3 years is not what you really should have been doing.
More importantly, I realized something...
My brother built his house in 2-3 years. He did not build it overnight, and he did not have a background in construction or home building skills in general.
So how did he do it?
Worked on it every weekend
Worked on it every night after work
He talked to experts to get advice
He taught himself
He fought for it
In so many ways I wish I had the skill and gift of tenacity, the ability to just apply myself day and night until something got done. Amazing gift.
I think that my brother's formula probably sounds familiar to so many other success stories out there.
(Hardwork + Dedication + Incremental Improvements) x Time = Outcome
I personally know that everyone has different skills and talents, but if we want to elevate ourselves into something bigger than ourself we need to lean into this formula.
Regardless of excuse. That is how it is done.
I am personally giving MYSELF the following homework of answering the questions:
What is worth working on every night and every weekend?
Do you want to wait another 3 years to act?
Is incremental change something I can commit to?
My hope and my prayer is that I am not still where I am at after 3 years. I want to be somewhere else. I want to be pursuing more goals, and growing myself into someone bigger than myself today!
Take a few minutes to write down your own answers to the questions above. Maybe consider commenting on your thoughts.
Remember. You Got This! Know that if you want to connect for a virtual coffee visit I am all about that 😊