Move Forward…Wobble If You Have To

“Why can’t we just be born knowing how to ride a bike?”

This was the question my son tearfully asked me not too long ago after attempting to ride his bike again.

“You’re right,Honey, that would make it so much easier. But you just need to practice. Remember when you learned to swim? It’s the same thing. The more you practice, the better at it you become.”

“Mom, I want to learn, but I don’t want to do the work.”

And there it is. The dilemma we all face when it comes to accomplishing the goals we have in life.

The desire to achieve something will only take us so far, we must do the work.

We must risk wobbling around on our two wheels and spending sometime looking and feeling awkward.

If we keep our eyes focused on the fear of falling we will never learn to ride the bike. Sometimes, what slows us down in our attempts to reach a specific goal is the time we waste dwelling on how much we don’t know. We think of all the things we still need to learn and it completely overwhelms us. We get scared, we hesitate, we lose our confidence, and we start to wobble.

In my previous job, I had a sales manager whose favorite motivational phrase was, “Nothing plus nothing equals nothing.” Accomplishing our goals will always take effort.

So, what’s that one goal you’ve been wanting to accomplish, but have been resisting the work that goes along with it?

What are some steps you can take today towards achieving that goal?

“The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.”

Linking up with Jen to today over at Finding Heaven

13 thoughts on “Move Forward…Wobble If You Have To

  1. Tracy Teppler

    Hi Eileen – great motivational post. I like your former sales manager's mantra: nothing + nothing = nothing! Its like relationships too, the more you put in the more you get out. So, if my relationship with Christ is lacking – best I look at me, because Christ did all the hard work already.
    God bless

  2. Jenifer

    Great encouragement!!! I needed it! There are a couple somethings I have desperately been wanting to do, but really didn't want to do the work. But nothing plus nothing equals nothing. In order to reach that end goal, I must do the work. Great post!

  3. Lisa

    I can really relate to Sean. There are things I want to do, but I'm not sure I want to do the work. Can't God just supernaturally give me the ability? Yes, He can, but He knows that wouldn't be the best thing for me. I don't want to let fear keep me back. The whole picture can be overwhelming, so we just need to focus on the next step. Great encouragement, Eileen!

  4. Pam

    Very good lesson, Eileen. I can especially relate it to my writing. I have a book written that I thought about having published but I really don't want to do the work it entails. I can see that God wants me to pray a bit more about that since He keeps reminding me of it. 🙂 Thanks for the nudge.
    Pam and

  5. Heidi

    Ah, this is so good! The work is no fun… I want the results! Homeschooling is what popped in my mind… I just want it to be successful, but the work is so challenging. Each year I've buckled down a little more, but this year it's going to take a lot and I'm determined to get it right. Thanks Eileen, this is wonderful encouragement!

  6. Janice C Johnsn

    So true! Growing up, good grades came easily to me. Now I find I often opt out of any new thing unless I can do it well without much effort.
    Thanks for the boost of encouragement and determination!
    (I'm here from Soli Deo Gloria)

  7. Debbie

    Oh yes, very apropos. I'm starting an online class to develop a WordPress website. The first motivational lesson was to remember what it was like to learn something, that you are now good at, when you were young. Very helpful to do that and also to be reminded that you have to do the work. For me it means not wobbling on the ADHD and doing the work one step at a time and not get down on myself when I get stuck. Got stuck this morning on the first step…eeee gads!!

  8. Kelli

    Love this! Another great lesson from a child!:) Scootin' beyond the fear in order to grow our faith in a radical way!

  9. Beck Gambill

    I love that your son put words to what we all think sometimes! Great thoughts on persevering, on putting in the work. For years I've dabbled in writing but I haven't wanted to give the time it took to develop my skills. My goal this year is to finish my novel and begin freelancing for magazines. But it will take work! Thanks for the reminder.

  10. Rebecca

    Your son's words struck a chord with me. I want the results but haven't always committed the time and energy to reach my goals. I try something new and the wobbling scares me because I'm outside my comfort zone, but unless I push past the fear, I'll never reach my goal.

  11. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    God's desires for our lives don't keep us in our "safety zones", do they Eileen? We have to invest time, energy, desire and dedication to grow in the way He wants us to.

    Great encouragement!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  12. Pamela

    Oh, I'm so happy I read this today. I'm wobbling a bit on some new territory. You have encouraged me to put more effort into the newness.



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