Slow Progress is STILL Progress: Why Learning Patience Is Integral to Success
It's been a rough couple weeks around LMS headquarters (i.e. our apartment), folks! Seeing as how I'm the only employee behind this budding business venture, I've been feeling the strain of being one woman with many hats, each vying for her attention. Now, some hats are more important than others. My husband and children, for example; my spiritual walk with God is yet another. Lately, I've been struggling to figure out which hat needs my attention at any given moment, because honestly, there are times when seemingly EVERYHATNEEDSTOBEWORNRIGHTNOW! and all I want to do is curl up into a ball and pull the covers over my head. The slow progression has been humbling, to say the least.
Yet, even in the midst of this new period of quiet, I find myself looking for the lesson, that nugget of truth that will sustain me. I realized the other day that this action, of trying to find the bright side, is actually a HUGE sign of progress for me. If you've been here awhile, you already know I'm a (recovering) worry-wart and perpetual hand-wringer. When things would go wrong in my life, I would immediately assume the absolute worst and attempt to prepare myself for what would surely be the inevitable onslaught of awful. However, since learning to fail forward, I've been given a much-needed present: perspective.
Because I've literally experienced some of my worst fears and come out the other side (by the grace of God!), I've been able to cultivate more inner-strength in addition to an unwillingness to catastrophize. Why torture myself further by manufacturing more havoc? Life is truly hard enough without adding to the discomfort. I am learning to be flexible and cultivate patience, funneling my energy toward the things that matter instead of spiraling downward. In this way, I am ensuring my success in the long-term, rather than burning out before my vision is fulfilled.
I love this space that I've created from scratch. I still remember the day I thought of the name, and the goosebumps I felt as a result. It was just so perfect for 25 year-old me, happily pregnant with her first child, living the dream in gorgeous San Diego, California. Living My Someday is a labor of love, one I'll always cherish, even at its most challenging. The blogging world has changed so much since that day in 2007, and often, it seems like I'll never find my sweet spot, or niche, as the cool kids call it. Thoughts like that used to put me out of commission for weeks, sometimes months; these days, I know better than to allow them to take hold. Instead, I focus on what I can do and leave the rest for another day. I'm playing the long game, you know? Content creation is not a race, at least not for me. I want my life to have a purpose, a meaning; the process of finding personal fulfillment is not meant to be a sprint, but a marathon.
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The last few days, I've been feeling rundown and sluggish, which is my body's way of saying I need to take it easy and save the energy I have for self-care and family. So, that's precisely what I'll be doing. There will be prayer time, and baths, and reading, most likely in that order! I've been fortunate enough to read a number of great books, lately, but the one featured in my latest video has resonated the most. I give an in-depth review of S.M.A.R.T. Goals For The Christian Entrepreneur and also present the opportunity to win a copy. The content is not only encouraging, but biblically-sound; as an entrepreneur whose faith is integral to her identity, this book provided exactly what I needed! If you're too excited to enter the giveaway, buy the book here. It's more than worth the investment, I promise!
In this culture of instant-gratification, it can be incredibly difficult to lean into the periods of slow progression because your instincts are telling you to fight for what you want RIGHT NOW. Instead, I want to challenge you to press into your discomfort with patience. Take some time to journal, talk to a friend, or simply ponder the reasons why you feel so strongly. When I did this, I realized much of my stress stemmed from childhood and the instability I felt on a daily basis. Now that I'm an adult, I am able to counteract those mechanisms with newer, more useful habits. It's not easy, but little by little, I am making progress.