The Long Game
Written by The Transition on 06/07/2021
Arguably, most people are driven by potential. We see possibilities of the future and it can be so inspiring that we try to materialise those things immediately. As an entrepreneur or visionary, it can be hard to not get the results your dream about, and that’s because you see the end goal, and are eager to arrive.
With the rise of technology and social media, we have been able to see other people’s results and compare our reality to the highlights of others we see. This relates to business, finance, relationships, social life, and much more. We get frustrated because we don’t have what we desire and see others seemingly doing very well for themselves, and we don’t see the process that it takes to have any level of success.
The problem is we don’t tend to learn how to play the long game, because we want quick results. If we don’t learn how to patiently work towards our goals, we can end up overworking and stressing ourselves, which can affect both our physical and mental health.
Funny enough, the Bible talks about this in Ecclesiastes 3:1. “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” When we begin to understand the phases of how things work, particularly when building something, we can manage our own expectations.
Don’t despise the days of small beginnings. If you have been working on your platform for 5 years and still haven’t seen growth, keep going! The tallest buildings often have the deepest foundations, which take the most time to build. You may be building something massive and not even realise it, so stay consistent and change your view. Don’t get frustrated now, because the Ls we take along the way are going to be interesting stories to tell when we finally get to the destination.
If you find yourself frustrated at where you are, take a moment to reflect, and remember that there is a time for everything. You may just be in the period of building your foundations.