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The Hardest Thing You’ve Ever Done
“If you’re not currently doing the hardest thing you’ve ever done, you’re not growing.” – Gary Keesee
Everything that is alive grows. This is how God wrote the laws of the universe—both naturally and spiritually. Sometimes the growth is visible, like a healthy, thriving business (or my 7-year-old daughter whose height makes me wonder if she’ll be taller than I am before much longer!). Sometimes, however, that growth is below the surface where it can’t be seen, like the the root systems of our Florida palm trees that seem to survive hurricane after hurricane.
This week, I was listening to a teaching series on business success by Gary Keesee. If you’re not already familiar with him, Gary has been a very successful entrepreneur for more than 20 years. But things were not always this way for Gary. In fact, he tells the story that he spent a number of years barely feeding his family and going further and further into debt. The stress got so bad that he could hardly get out of bed. Ultimately, he began finding his answers by discovering how the Kingdom of God operates, which led to his first multi-million-dollar business. (He owns several today.)
Looking in from the outside, it might have been easy to conclude that those years where Gary was going further and further in the hole were wasted. As the financial stress was mounting to the point where his health was threatened, you might not have concluded that he was growing.
But as Gary puts it: pressure will cause you to grow. A naturally shy person, Gary overcame call reluctance by being forced to make sales calls just to survive. When he later launched with his new business idea, he was already well equipped to talk to people because he had spent years overcoming that challenge.
Are You Under Pressure Today?
Many people have been under more pressure than ever in the last few years. Economic conditions, drastic changes in technology, the rapidly changing needs and buying habits of customers and other factors have all added up to a perfect storm for even the most well-established businesses.
Regardless of where the pressure is coming from, however, the question is: what are you doing with the pressure? Are you allowing it to drive change in your own life? Are you growing? Are you gaining new skills? Are you forcing yourself to adopt new ways of doing business despite your own desire to avoid change?
And if you’re not under pressure… if you’re not currently working on the hardest thing you’ve ever done, perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate!
By the way, Gary Keesee has a ton of valuable insight to share. If you haven’t already signed up for it, I want to personally invite you to join me and the hundreds of others who’ve already registered for a 1-hour webinar with Gary tomorrow evening (Thursday) at 7PM Eastern time. You’ll be glad you did! You can register here.
About David G. Johnson Entrepreneur, Writer, Speaker and Consultant... David founded Nourish The Dream in 2006 to help connect entrepreneurs, business owners and Kingdom-minded people from all walks of life with world-class resources, training and resources to increase impact.