Your Hard Work Now, Will Pay Off In The Future

J.R. Heimbigner

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As children, we are told we can do whatever we set our sights on. If we want to be a doctor, a lawyer, an astronaut, we could have it all if we want it. And somewhere down the road of life, as we grow older, we lose this sense of possibility. We don’t believe we can do anything. There is a shift in our minds telling us we can only do some things.

All of a sudden we hit crisis mode. Not the kind of crisis where something terrible has happened. It is more of a reflective kind of crisis. We sit at our desk or in our seat of the airplane and think:

“How did I get here? Do I want to be here? Where is my life going?”

This is a dangerous moment for all of us. It is the moment when people start having the all too infamous Quarter/Third/Mid-Life Crisis. Panic sets in and people start to lose control of themselves. And then, there is a decision to make:

By the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle and road trip around the country. Or find your passion, chase after it, and achieve it.

Correcting Course

It is in these moments that we need to correct course. We need to call out our priorities in life and nail them to the wall. No longer are the days where we give up.

My day job, the one that makes it possible for me to live and write, is a job where most people don’t ever plan to be. Most of us are career change people because we needed something stable or because it was a good opportunity at the moment.

Over the five years, I have worked in my current job, I have experienced this little life-crisis. Sitting in my cubicle, putting my head on my desk and asking those questions. The panic starts to creep in, the fear that this is it.

And then something happened. I realized my true priorities and there was a passion unlocked inside me.

“When an uncovered passion sits dormant inside you and then someone calls it out, all of a sudden that’s all you can think about.” ― Chip Gaines

Unlocking Passion

Through a series of events, I realized how much I wanted to be a writer. It wasn’t a new revelation, it was the poke I needed to get out of my funk. It was the movement where I told someone I wanted to write, and they said, “you should do it.”

Somehow, those four words unlocked my passion. And like Chip says in the quote above, it was all I could think about.

More questions came flowing in, how would I do this? Is it even possible for me to write with my job, my kids, and all the other commitments? Turns out, it sure is possible. It has only taken one thing to do this every day.

The One Thing to Achieve Anything: Hard Work

I know your let down. You were hoping for something that would make anything happen now. Unfortunately, I can’t deliver on an easy way out. And by all accounts, it doesn’t look like there is an easy way to accomplish anything. And if there is, it is the wrong way to go about it.

When I say “hard work” I am talking about putting in the time. Practicing like crazy. Almost every professional athlete has put in the hours of practicing their technique. Working out their muscles, and conditioning their bodies to do the few things their sport requires.

Our lives are no different from theirs in that respect. We have to put in the time. How do I do it? I wake up anywhere between 4:30 am to 5:00 am every morning and write. I post regularly online and find other ways to grow my abilities. I spend time during my lunch at work writing, or editing, or reading to help expand my knowledge and technique.

It's all in the hard work, it's all in doing the repetitions.

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My goal with my writing is to help people get everything done they want in their very busy lives. I believe we can we all can achieve our dreams and I know it starts with having the right mindset, systems, and taking action every single day. My writing shares how to do this through self-improvement, inspiration, and productivity.

Spokane, WA

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