We moved a year ago.
Our new house has a gorgeous yard in the front and in the back.
This is the first time in my life I have had a gorgeous yard.
I grew up on five acres in a wooded wonderland in Arkansas, and as an adult lived in a variety of rental properties.
So, I have never really worried about maintaining a real lawn with lush grass…until this past year.
We rented our last home in a quiet neighborhood where you actually knew your neighbors. At the time, I was just happy to keep my three young kids alive and fed. Mowing the lawn was covered in our rent, so thinking about the lawn was not at all on my radar.
My neighbor, however, was different. She was a retiree who loved being outside. Every day she walked around and picked weeds. Her yard always looked amazing while ours usually didn’t…except where her water accidentally blew over the imaginary line between our homes.
I always knew I was not willing to put the time in to have the type of yard she had. I watched her. She was diligent. No weed stood a chance under her watch!
Now, that we have moved, and we have inherited a beautiful yard, I feel a sense of responsibility to maintain it. But, I know what it’s going to take. It’s going to take diligence.
This is one of the hardest things for me.
I work really well in spurts.
I like working when I feel “inspired.”
But, if I’m going to cultivate a beautiful lawn, I know it is going to take regularity. It will need to move into my routines. Unless I choose to delegate it, I cannot schedule it as a one time event, get it done, and call it quits.
I will need to pull the weeds…consistently.
Since I have taken time to Think Time over the last three years, one of the greatest lessons I have learned is that anything that I want to do or who I want to be needs to be cultivated consistently over time.
This includes everything. Parenting little people. Organizing a home. Building a business. Cultivating a character. Nourishing relationships. None of these become great overnight.
John Maxwell says that people want to grow, but they don’t want to put more than 30 seconds of work into it. So, those who are willing to put the time in will quickly separate themselves from others.
Outside of a spiritual experience with God, I know of no faster way to change our thinking and our behavior than Think Time; however, that does not mean it is easy or requires no work.
Real holistic life change still requires diligence over time.
And it still requires that we show up every day.
I like the way self-discipline strategist Rory Vaden says it. He says, “Success is not owned. It is rented. And the rent is due every day.”
What sort of diligence would it take for you to make the life change you want?
Are you willing to put the time and effort in to make those changes?
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