How many of you thought of a steaming hot cup of your favorite coffee when you read the title of today’s blog? How many of you start each day with a “cuppa java” just to clear the cobwebs from your brain and start the day? While I too depend on my favorite brand to wake me of a morning, that is not what I want to blog about.
The daily grind is for me more about that period of time when the party ends; the guests go home and the dishes are piled high in the kitchen sink. The daily grind is the quiet weeks of preparation, before the party.
The daily grind is the period of time after the baby showers are over and the baby presents with hours of colic, requiring hours of walking and swaddling. The grind happens to us when we start a new job, along about the third or fourth week, when the house is in shambles and the kids are home sick. The daily push or grind is that month after the funeral, when all the calls and guests are back to their normal routines of living. The daily grind is the area of concentration and hard work that comes after the grand opening and during the succeeding weeks and months of hard work.
I love the preparation for my dreams. I love opening a new store, like LTD 7.2. It is an exciting time and even though I am exhausted from all, there is newness in the air and I am energized just by walking in the doors of the store.
Then reality hits.
Perhaps you have managed to name your passion and maybe even reserved a webpage with the same name. Maybe you have pounded the pavement and created a niche for your product and enjoyed the hours of meetings and lunches whereby you sought and found a place to sell your wares. Maybe you have a newly printed business plan, the pages still warm from the printer.
Then the hard work begins.
It is this period of time…the daily grind of working on your dreams that separates the men from the boys. How bad do you want it? The succeeding weeks and months will tell the story.
It will be hard to stay focused at times; it will be difficult to keep yourself energized and positive about your choices when no one is around to pump you up. It will be much easier to turn on the telly and watch a mindless show, or go out to dinner and a movie with the kids and get your nails done, or sleep in later than normal on Saturday.
Life will get in the way of your dreams and plans and one of the best ways to preserve your hopes and march on with your to do list is to carve out whole chunks of time to devote to the
Pursuing your passion is exciting and worthwhile. It is also full of hours upon hours of “daily grind.”
Are you up for the task? I can promise you this: it will be worth it in the end.
As we approach the beginning of the school year and the end of the lazy, hazy days of summer, perhaps you will consider printing yourself a new monthly calendar and inking in your dreams and plans in every space you see, regardless of all the other commitments you have. Carve out a chunk of space every day to work on your dream and in time, you will reap the rewards of all of your hard work.
I wish I could tell you that turning a dream into reality is all fun and games. I can’t do that. But what I can promise you is that if you are doing what you love, you will never work a day in your life.
Are you ready? Are you willing to get your hands dirty? Can you keep at it when the road before you looks long and hard? Do you believe in yourself enough to quiet the naysayers?
If you answered “Yes!” to the above questions, then get to it.
Make hay while the sun shines. Shoot me an email or Come in LTD 7 and tell me all about your plans and what you are doing to make them a reality. I would love to hear all about your dream. I promise to cheer you on as you work, step by step, to reach your goals.
Living the Dream,