Do you ever feel like you are a little stuck in an area of life? Your destination may be in sight, but it’s as if you’re having trouble getting from your current reality to the place that you see yourself reaching. Almost as if you’re dragging your feet through a thick, muddy, swamp?
I’ve been there myself. It seems as if your vision, hopes, dreams, are just in reach, yet your feet feel stuck in a swampland. The truth is, life is too great to let yourself be drug through the mud of a swamp. We all experience this through various times and seasons of life.
Whether you feel stuck in and discouraged or disappointment, you can always pick your feet up and take one step. It may sound cliche, but it’s the truth. You can choose today to take one step closer to your the vision you have for your future, and that same step is taking you one step further from past disappointments.
Even if you feel like you are swamp-walking, (by this I mean big, long, tiring steps that feel like you are not going anywhere), there is always the choice to take one more step. Then another. And another. It sounds elementary, but it really is as easy as following your feet one step after the other. By taking a step-by-step approach you actually begin to focus in on where you are going to place your next step. You become intentional about where your feet are landing.
Much like rock climbing, when you are climbing a rock wall, you have to strategically pick your next hand and foot placement to avoid falling. By allowing yourself to focus in on your next step, you eliminate future doubts and the wishing-well of being/doing/wanting to be somewhere or do something else.
The perspective shift of eliminating distractions of “down the road thinking” to shift your focus onto the immediate steps in front of you, becomes a game-changer. It’s as if you become a chess player. Your ability to think strategically will increase in your daily life. When the unexpected comes up… BAM! You are able to move and maneuver your piece (yourself) into its next position.
Chess, much like trudging through the mud, is a slow and thoughtful game, but the reward at the end is the king piece standing victories. This is the name of the game. Small strategic steps that are complemented with patient strategy will find you victorious.
Winston Churchill said, “You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory – victory at all costs, victory in spite of terror, victory, however, long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.” Similarly, the person who takes on the dangerous terrain to climb the face of a rock and a chess piece evading its enemies — there is a story of survival. Much like what Churchill alluded to, there is an element of surviving at all cost in life. The rock climber may hold on for dear life or to any piece of rock they can find, and the king on a chess board may move around all over the to where ever there is an open square. When you are swamp-walking through the hard times, by choosing to take one at a time, you are still moving. Thus surviving. No matter how hard and slow it may feel, those constant, strategically placed steps will be a part of your life’s journey. You will get to the place of a cultivated land where your dreams, passions and visions beautifully collide with fulfillment and calling.
I encourage you today to make the decision to follow your feet and place one step in front of the other. Your future is bright! Don’t let a little mud slow you down.