working hard for success- is.not.easy.

I was looking for quotes on working hard at things... I think I could spend the whole day reading quotes. They are so inspirational, and meaningful~
I read this one by Mother Theresa that I thought was great- “God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try”. Trying at something, even little things, can be so difficult.
Another one that I thought was good was- "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies". This is one is from Alex Harris, one of the authors of "Do Hard Things" - "Being faithful in the smallest things is the way to gain, maintain, and demonstrate the strength needed to accomplish something great."

Abigail made something last night, it was the fluffy, big flowers that are really in right now. You can wear them in your hair or pin them to your shirt, ect.,ect., and I wanted to try it today. It was a step-by-step process and I wasn't in the mood for tedious work. So, I just did it the way I thought it would work {maybe ☺} and was hoping it would end up the way I was hoping it would. Well, after getting burned, scorching the fabric,{you have to get a candle, and melt the edges or the fabric} and getting mad, I finished. And the ending results where not what I was hoping for. I was frustrated, and gave up easily. I was talking it over with Mama, and was complaining that I just wasn't the sewing/crafty type. I now realize, and will admit, that I didn't have an attitude that would get me very far. I found this quote and it applied to exactly what I am talking about~ “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”-Helen Keller. I am not the crafty type. I am not the incredible sewer that I would like to be. I am not going to be perfect at these things. But "Because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something I can do". It was a little thing that I was trying to do, but if I don't have a good attitude with the small things, I won't with the big either.

I have learned that God has blessed me with certain talents. I would love to be able to sew, and create things like some people do. But that is not my gift that God has given me. I have to learn not to compare myself to other people, and wish I had their gifts.

 Now, don't get me wrong; I can still work and become better at these things. I can succeed in the things I thought I couldn't do. "Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points", I thought that was a great point.

At the present I am not crafty, but in the future, I can be more crafty than I am right now. And that applies to anything.

Working hard at things, I think is a never ending thing you have to do. At least for me. {grin}.
You are always working at things. Small, or big. Easy, or hard. You are always working at something. So I guess the best thing to do, is to have a good attitude. :)

"Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success".

I was listening to the radio one day. They were talking about John Wooden (a basketball coach). He had passed away a few days before that, and they were talking about what a great man, and strong Christian he was. He has some really neat quotes~“If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes". I thought that one was really interesting. I guess if you aren't trying to succeed, then you are not willing to fail. Another one I liked-“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming". “If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”- I thought that one was great. It really makes you think. I need to remember that one in school! :) “It isn't what you do, but how you do it.”- I think that goes for the little things too.“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”- I guess that's saying to have a good attitude with the outcome. "Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by-product of that preparation." - don't compare yourself.

Be happy with who you are and your gifts. Keep working at your weak points. You/I can get better at them.

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand".


“Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.” - John Wooden

1 comment:

amber said...

i found your site from Liz'~ i clicked over here and was like, "hey.. i know these girls!" or atleast your mom. :) lovely place here - i like the format and pictures in the header! i was fiddling w/ my blogger account this afternoon but always get confused and end up walking away... like being crafty is not your talent - computer stuff isn't mine!! :)

love the Helen Keller quote. very inspiring. we're actually going to see my brother Danny perform in a play tomorrow about her life! looking forward to it~

blessings to you,