The other day Rob (the owner of Brutal Iron Gym) and I were talking about exercise, diet, and goals. We have a goal for me that is going to take two years to accomplish.
Essentially there are two mini-goals between now and then… but the big one… that one is two years off.
Between now and then there are a few things that need to happen… over and over and over and over…
- strict attention to diet
- consistently showing up and working hard
- keeping my eye on the goal
Really it boils down to this… diligence.
Remember this verse? “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. (Proverbs 13:4).
That’s the key! Diligence!
The opposite of diligence is complacency! Check out this verse: “…the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them” (Proverbs 1:32).
Whether or not I accomplish my goal we’ll see in two years. Either way though the truth remains… those who are diligent are those who will achieve. Those who are not okay being “comfortable” (i.e. complacent)… those who prefer strategic discomfort to pointless comfort are the ones who will achieve. These are the diligent ones.
Another important truth is this… things that are worth achieving typically don’t come in one day… they don’t come easily. They’ll take time… hence the need for diligence!
So… are you clear about what you want? Are you willing to show up day after day after day after day until you get it? Are you ready to fight the urge to “settle”? Are you prepared to force yourself to move into the land of hard work and intentional discomfort? That’s what it’s going to take… diligence! But at the end of the day it is “the desires of the diligent” that are “fully satisfied.”