Inch by inch it’s a cinch; yard by yard it’s much too hard.”
Dr. Len Kravitz
Good morning, friends! I hope your weekend was as wonderful as mine but that’s another story. The weekend is over and now it’s time to face the new week. Let’s get to it!
Take a quick moment and think about a change you’d like to make in your life. I’m speaking specifically about growth change, like a new skill, a different health, a new job, a new reality, those kinds of changes. Pick one or two; I’ll wait……… Got it? Good. Now ask yourself: can you skip all the hard work between the beginning and the end and just jump straight to the results? Every sane person knows the only answer is, “No.” And that reality is why most of us never, ever make positive change. We consider the chasm and quit before we begin. Sad.
But not everyone. Plenty of people view the chasm with courage and charge into it headstrong. Consider the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. This past year the incredible Joey Chestnut, a ten-time winner, ate 72 hot dogs in ten minutes! That’s incredible, right? Consider also that in the first year, 1972, Jason Schechter ate a whopping 14 hot dogs in those same ten minutes. Paltry, right? Well, under 20 was the norm until 1999. Now we’re at 72. Like all organisms, the contest results grew not yard by yard (or pack by pack, as it were) but inch by inch. That’s the only way to success.
· Are you succeeding with steps toward your goal or failing with leaps?
· Are you even attempting your goal or defeated by the challenge?
· How basic can you make your steps to move in positive directions?
Getting started the classic first victory but a healthy approach is the surest second victory. If you can get yourself started toward your chosen change then bless yourself with a health “inch by inch” approach to movement. It may not seem like much today, and sometime down the road your inches may become longer (?), but adding them up successful inches are better than failing yards. So take off, turtle! See you at the finish line! And have a great week.
2 Timothy 4:6-8