Are we blocked somehow – and how do we tackle the insurmountable task?
We would not be tackling big projects, or have those gargantuan tasks assigned to us, if we weren’t capable. I’ve had my share. Some absolutely needed brilliant work, but mostly they required hard work – consistently over time.
Big projects aren’t sprints. They’re marathons, iron-mans, grueling, unforgiving and unrelenting.
There is a correlation methinks, between those big projects at work and the big projects inside us. They don’t show immediate reward; they don’t move faster if we sprint for a while – they need consistency over time. Like diet. Like finances. Like paying a mortgage. Like planning a move, a house, a retirement, writing a novel, walking some very long trail far away. We don’t get rewarded or noticed or celebrated by our tiny bits of progress. We don’t feel supported, helped, led, pushed, or funded by anyone but ourselves. Mostly, nobody notices. Nobody cares – just us.
The elephant is eaten one bite a time – not just the easy bites, big ones too. Values and work ethic need to come together, shoulder to the wheel. Shoemaker, stick to your last. Heave ho. Work is not a slogan or bumper sticker, cannot accomplish its goals without support and resources, but mostly it is the zeal and/or desperation within us, which causes us to tackle it. If it feels like a small problem, it likely wasn’t a problem. Things we tackle are significant things much bigger than ourselves, or even larger ones called demons within us. Work doesn’t solve anything completely, but nothing significant or powerful ever gets solved or built without work.
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King
Even though it’s probable that no one reading this will make a change that’s remembered by the world 50 years from now, lets hope we keep trying. Also, lets hope we continue to improve ourselves and the world around us and possibly something will be remembered by the people who knew us. I know I still vividly remember certain people, from more than 50 years ago, because of their actions. Unfortunately, others have faded, LH, Lethbridge, AB