Nathan is an interesting boy. You can’t quite take fun out of his routine. A few weeks back, he had a lot of homework to do and the plan was to spread it over the weekend. His dad however told him he had to work before playing. Assuming this meant ‘NO GAME UNTIL HOMEWORK IS DONE’, he came to me and kept pushing to have me supervise until he completed all the work that Friday evening. Once he was done, he said ‘Yes! Now I can play my game’. He didn’t complain at all about the volume of work; his focus was on the joy he would experience from playing once he was done with the work.
One person of renown who did something similar to this was David. I’m sure everyone knows the story of David & Goliath. David asked three times what would be done for the man who killed Goliath and he was told repeatedly: The king will enrich him with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s family exemption from taxes. Three times he asked for and was given this same information. Wonder why? He must have been making sure that was the truth. He had to hear it from enough sources to ensure he was getting the correct information. Furthermore, he had to evaluate the prize and determine if it was worth his effort and time. Finally, he had to hear it again and again so he could convert those words to a mental picture.
At this point, he didn’t quite see Goliath as a giant enemy anymore; he was now a giant opportunity. He must have pictured the head of Goliath as a throne with his beautiful bride sitting on it and there was no way he was going to let Goliath go home that day with his bride. There’s something about keeping the prize in mind and remaining conscious of all you stand to gain. It gives you a cause, a reason, a purpose, a drive, and serves as motivation to keep you going till you achieve your goal.
We all know how the story ends. David took out Goliath and got the reward. I wonder how many opportunities we pass up just because they show up as challenges. They may require quite a tackle, extra planning, a well thought out strategy, and maybe a lot of effort, but if we look past all that to the reward, strength and passion will come to do the needful and soon enough, we’ll be holding the prize in our hands.
For every ‘challenge’ we face, we must find our motivation. For Nathan, it’s his games; for David, it was the riches, a bride and tax exemption. What’s yours?