Studies on employees have compared untrained workers with excellent, optimistic and persistent attitudes alongside workers who are highly trained but with mediocre attitudes. Within a few weeks, the excellent attitudes outperformed the highly trained. Why? Because it matters what you tell yourself. If you desire to move forward in relationships, business, parenting, ministry or any other area in life there is no escaping what is going on in your head. Listen to your own thoughts/attitudes and you may be surprised to hear the true saboteur of your personal growth…
Are you telling yourself that you can’t move forward because you lack skill or talent? Years ago I overheard one of our son’s coaches telling him not to be discouraged by players who are more skilled or talented. He said that in his experience as a former professional athlete, many of the gifted will fall by the wayside due to grades, drugs, boredom, laziness, poor friend choices, etc. but the most important thing is to stay in the game. At the time of this post our son has competed at the University Division I level in two sports and in two countries and he continues to see this truth play out. Many hardships have taught him that of all the skills you put in your “achievement tool bag” – an optimistic, overcomer’s attitude of persistence is the most important skill to learn. Without it, all the other talents, skills, or giftedness (whether developed or God-given) don’t help you.
So achievement is about taking action. Think about it, even an unskilled, awkward farmer who tills his field badly is by definition a better farmer than the talented guy who just sits around. Who gets the better harvest? Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” The good news is that every master once started in the same unskilled, awkward place where you are now. So what are you waiting for? Jump in, get started and press on.
Question: What perils of wisdom have helped you keep moving forward?