You can’t have the fruits without the roots. It’s the principle of sequencing: Private Victory precedes Public Victory. Self-mastery and self-discipline are the foundation of good relationships with others. ~ Stephen Covey
We all have the tendency to want to get to our destination quickly. Faster cars, faster downloads, speed tracked class schedules, “6 Minute Abs” and so on. We want the end result and our patience is short for the process.
My first paying job came when I was 14 was cleanup for residential construction sites which eventually lead to basic framing and ultimately to helping get the foundations in order. On one particularly cold November night, the phone rang, and the contractor said we needed to get out to a newly formed basement floor to make sure it made it through the night. We arrived on site, headlights for our work lights, quickly unfolding sheets of heavy black plastic and disassembling bales of hay to insulate the freshly poured concrete and help it cure correctly. Had we allowed the bitter cold temperatures to get to the foundation it could have frozen and cracked, thereby weakening the structural integrity and it’s ability to hold a weight bearing load of walls, subfloor, furniture, appliances, roof, etc.
Our foundations are important and they consist of several elements of our lives. Our integrity, our values, the vision that drives us and our ambition that compels us to continue in a forward motion. We all have foundations that we build our lives, families and careers on. The extent to which you develop your foundational building blocks will determine how far you can go in life.
Don’t neglect the early stage of developing that next thing and skip to the fun parts. Building up prematurely will lead to crumbling walls because our foundation gives way. Do the work now for future success.