Have you ever heard a quote that kind of hits you out of nowhere and stays with you?
That happened to me recently. I can’t stop thinking about it. It is changing the way I look at self-care, health, business, and more.
It’s a short quote that makes you wonder why something so simple could suddenly change your perspective on how you view a problem your are currently facing.
This quote is from the Building a Storybrand podcast, where author Donald Miller interviews golfer, Ben Crane about the “5 Habits of People Who Win Big (Even Under Pressure)“. I’ve already listened to this podcast episode twice!
Tomorrow’s great performance is today’s great habit. ~Ben Crane
This incredibly short and straightforward quote packs a powerful punch of uncomfortable truth.
After hearing him say this, I was suddenly thinking of some business goals I have been pursuing this year. It has been frustrating to look at my list and see that I am not making the progress I had hoped in achieving them. While I’ve put lots of work in on these goals, I have not been nearly as consistent as I should be and need to be. This lack of consistent effort has made a significant impact on my ability to achieve them.
From there my thoughts roamed to health, creative projects, and to other areas of my business. I could suddenly see where I have not developed the great habits needed, nor put in the daily work necessary to make some of these goals happen. Yes, I work hard, and long hours, but I’ve had to ask if these long hours are being spent working on the right things or on the bright shiny objects that distract and grab my attention?
If I answer this question honestly, sometimes it’s the right work and sometimes it’s not.
Reaching a goal does not magically happen overnight.
I’m glad it doesn’t happen that way (most of the time…). You have to make the commitment to show up day after day, and put in the work in order make it happen. Putting in the time, seeing the progress made, and then enjoying the results of that hard work, is rewarding. If we used magic wand solutions, we would not appreciate the results of our efforts nearly enough.
This idea can apply to all different areas of life like:
- Learning a new skill
- Exercising to build muscle
- Writing a book
- Building a business
- Training to run a marathon
- Daily devotions and quiet time
- Practicing self-care
- Learning to find stillness
- Cultivating an attitude of gratitude
I could go on, but you see it, and I see it.
We all get the point; we reap what we sow.
If you look at that list, none of it happens overnight. It happens after making a commitment to show up day in and day out and make daily incremental progress, building on the effort of the day before.
Again, it’s such a simple concept, but sometimes it takes a different turn of phrase for it to give that Aha Moment. A moment of clarity when you finally see and truly get it.
Going for your goals and cultivating healthy habits is not always easy.
I don’t think it is supposed to be. I believe that there are rewards to be had in the journey itself and of what you learn along the way. It’s not always about the result of pursuing a goal, it’s also about what happens between your starting point and the end result.
The challenge for both you and me, in this case, is to take a close look at the goals we have written down and honestly ask ourselves if we are showing up each day and doing the work needed to reach our goals? Are we cultivating great habits today so we can have a great performance tomorrow and ultimately reach out goals?
Marta Goertzen is an entrepreneur, writer and nature photographer. She daily explores the trails and beaches of the South Central Oregon Coast with her buddy Bailey. You can follow along on their adventures on Instagram. She is also the author of several books including her newest, “Choosing Gratitude: A Daily Quiet Time Journal”.