Winning one step at at time may take perseverance, but a great quote or a good story can encourage and inspire us. The right quote or story can be life changing. Here is a quote I find inspirational from Louis L’Amour, the author and storyteller about the American frontier.
“Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.”
My father was a huge Mr. L’Amour fan. He must have read all of his books. We had piles of them. He enjoyed a good story and was a great storyteller himself. I like this quote. It reminds me of the importance of each day.
There is a lot of discontent today. People are dissatisfied with their job, spouse, kids, car, boss, commute, employees, diet, appearance, government, neighbors, etc. It would be easier to list what makes people happy and some of those things probably aren’t good for us.
We have a choice. We can join the band wagon of discontent, or we can determine to live differently. It is easy to get caught up in the negativity of other people, but this is a sure path to discontent. It is only when we own our circumstances, determining not to play the role of the victim, or disadvantaged, will we begin to rise above the rest and win.
We win when we achieve, complete, defeat, capture, or overcome. Feel free to add your own word. I am a person who likes to live with a vision for the future. I never lack a dream. The danger with this approach is living more for the future than in the current day. Several years ago, I realized that I was getting too caught up in the future. Life was going to improve after “X” happened or when “Y” got done. As I grew older, I realized that I was beginning to run out of years.
It was at this point, I came to understand that I need to live each day to its fullest. Win a little today, hold my ground, and win again tomorrow. This approach helps the dreamer, or visionary, not to miss the sweet beauty to be found in each day. Focusing on the blessings eliminates the seeds of discontent. In fact, I’ve discovered that the little wins were much more satisfying than the hopes of tomorrow. If I had not slowed down, I might have missed them.
If you are a dreamer, win the day and tomorrow will be here in short-order. Focus on today’s blessing and provision by learning to be content. Sow seeds of discontent and you will taste the bitterness of disappointment and lost opportunities. Get a strategy in place to stem the tides of discontent.
How will you win today?