Change! An easy word to spell, a much different word to actually put into practice. To go inside and make changes to ourselves, this is the most challenging, but one of the most rewarding things anyone can do. Making positive changes in myself means that I will make a bigger difference in the world around me; that I will become more of who I was created to be.
The adventure of personal change is not for the faint of heart though. Change is hard. It takes consistent effort, focus, persistence, and fortitude, as well as trust; trust that the change you want can and will happen. I typically want personal change to happen quickly, but I know it’s not really reality. Yes, some things can change in an instant, and my experience is that others take more time. Everyone is different, but we all have our areas we are most challenged.
In Og Mandino’s book “The Greatest Salesman in the World” there is much wisdom. One that stands out most to me right now in my journey of personal change is in “The Scroll Marked III”. This scroll talks about persistence “I persist until I succeed” it says. These are certainly words to live by and adopt both as a personal value and personal belief. However, the part that stands out even more to me is where Og continues on and writes “Henceforth, I will consider each day’s effort as but one blow of my blade against a mighty oak. The first blow may cause not a tremor in the wood, nor the second, nor the third. Each blow, of itself, may be trifling, and seem of no consequence. Yet from childish swipes the oak will eventually tumble.”
These are words I need to remind myself of every day. They help me stay grounded knowing that the work I am doing each day is “but one blow of my blade against a might oak”. The oak represents the things I want to change, my blade represents the things I am doing daily to make and implement the changes I desire. Though on the surface each days efforts may appear to be doing nothing, Og’s words help me to have faith that the work I am doing is not in vain and that each day although it may seem my efforts are “trifling”, yet over time, the change I am working towards will absolutely happen.
“Henceforth, I will consider each day’s effort as but one blow of my blade against a might oak”. Add to this, daily prayers for help from my Savior, I continue on this journey and I will persist until I succeed!