I like to call my generation the “microwave” generation. Instantaneous gratification. It’s even more so now. If you’re hungry, you can get food 24 hours a day. Need information? Smart phones allow instant answers. Need a tattoo? You get the point.
This phenomenon has been hard on some of us. In college, I always assumed I would graduate and be a CEO. Okay, maybe not that quickly, but at least two years after graduating with a masters. I never learned dogged determination or delayed gratification at school. (This is, in my opinion, also the #1 killer of our economy…but that’s another blog.) This has made it difficult to stick with something long enough to reap the rewards.
After twenty-six days of pursuing my goals, I haven’t had a major breakthrough. I’m not being targeted for the next VP, mother of the year, or next star on Glee. I think this period of waiting for results from the seeds planted is most likely what separates the successful people with those who hop from one dream to the next. This period of waiting requires discipline to continue doing the steps required to succeed and determination to reach the goal.
If in pursuit of your dreams you find yourself in a quiet spot, keep pushing. Push through; the momentum will eventually build, and all you will be able to do at that point is hold on.