Another trip to the mailbox brought another rejection letter. I had been sending out resume after resume just trying to get my foot in the door with an interview. Confidence wasn’t my issue, nor was arrogance in case you’re thinking, “that was a pretty arrogant thing to say.” I knew if I could just get the interview, I could leave a memorable first impression and set myself apart from the other candidates.
The problem was getting the interview. I realized I had to put more effort into how I tailored the resume to suit the position available, and the cover letter needed to catch attention and create curiosity. So, I went to work, painstakingly revising and editing.
With God’s blessing, the reward was not only securing interviews for two solid positions with excellent growth potential, but it was also having the opportunity to choose which one I wanted to accept after both were offered within days of each other.
Follow-through is tough. Consistantly putting forth effort is exhausting. But I believe wholeheartedly in effort and taking initiative because there’s always something great waiting on the other side.
Deliberate and diligent effort always brings a reward.
Do we get tired and discouraged along the way? Of course, but tired and discouraged never reap a reward.
Tired and discouraged are always a part of the race, but they never have to finish well.
What dream has God placed in your heart that you want so badly, it consumes your thoughts? What does the reward look like?
We all have a dream or maybe even two. Whether its financial security, a book contract, a new job or running a 5K, putting forth the effort required is the only way to secure the reward.
And what if today’s effort was the very last brush stroke needed to create our masterpiece dream?
What if today’s effort is what’s needed to secure the joy of achievement, but it never came because yesterday was the day we gave up?
“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort”~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Sometimes the best way to stifle the voices of discouragement and fatigue are simply to put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and dictate the specifics of our effort.
Planning the effort ensures energy for the effort.
Evaluating the effort ensures it will not be executed in vain.
Defining the effort makes the reward more visible.
So, if you are feeling tired, discouraged or lack confidence or stamina for the dream God placed within your heart, take the necessary steps to recapture the enthusiasm.
“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.” 2 Cor. 8:11
The payoff will be so worth it in the end, and then you can move on to your next big adventure!
What part of the effort in your dream is causing you to be tired and discouraged
How can you define this effort to recapture the enthusiasm?
What does the plan moving forward look like?
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