The surest thing to happen overnight are murders, high speed chases, drinking and disorderly conduct or hitting the lottery. But, there’s an even higher chance you’ll get trashed before even hitting the big jackpot.
I have a huge confession to make and I’m want to be bold enough and honest enough to share it both here and now.
I quit if something I’m trying doesn’t happen overnight. If I don’t see results in under 24-48 hours, I tend to lose my interest, confidence and drive. Everything in me for it fades away slowly into a failures fog.
Interestingly enough, when it happens with regards to writing, ministry or cartoons, I always come back to it even when it doesn’t look good.
Yesterday, it hit me! I was unrealistic with my thinking…that I would become something overnight.
I was expecting success to occur overnight!
My mindset was wrong!
What’s Real Success
I began to think about the many activities, hobbies and professional endeavors that took MORE than an “overnight” to become just “good” at.
Preaching took years, from 2005 to now just to be “good” and it could still be better.
Drawing took years, from 2006 to now just to be “okay” and it could STILL stand to be a lot better.
Writing took years from 2005 to now just to be “good,” and you get the picture.
I don’t consider myself to really be “successful,” but more learned and learning. I am a student of my craft and I’m fine with that. I’m also fine with being a student even if I’m ever an expert!
The Worth of Overnight Success
And I would think of it all this way…if your success was accomplished overnight, is it really worth anything?
When you compare someones years of blood, sweat and tears to someone else’s overnight accomplishment, does it really measure up? Absolutely not!
CJ Small, life coach, once told me that “the person who seems like the overnight success is the one whose been working at it for years.”
What Motivates You
This is something else that is problematic with me.
Motivation has to be something solid, real and foundational. If it is not, you will consider quitting. Your conviction has to be interconnected with your motivation.