Living in one city nine months and then a year in the next kept my family in limbo. I wanted to produce an income that could follow us around the world – no matter where we were…
So I started writing.
At first, I took projects from people and companies, yet found it easier and more pleasurable to produce work for myself – no revisions, no sardonic editors, and no tight deadlines.
But it’s been difficult. Just when I was on the cusp of giving up and going back to taking other projects that’s when the royalty checks started to flow – it was my confirmation that the journey is not in vain.
Since working for ‘myself’ I’ve tried to strengthen my work ethic in numerous ways. Recently, I decided to start tracking my time. I thought that I was working 25 or 30 hours a week (including weekends) but was shocked to find that I was only working about 10 hours a week.
I have plenty of excuses. I have a young child who I’m homeschooling which takes up a significant amount of time, and between caring for my child, husband and home, time easily slips away. I’ve always admired people who could juggle. I’m a little envious of the type-A who only needs five hours of sleep and is free of a Candy Crush addiction.
People with a strong work ethic who aren’t easily distracted go very, very far.
I recently read Michelle Obama’s biography and one of the things that struck me was her work ethic. She is one of many, many women who rose above the surface quickly and effortlessly because she wasn’t in love with sleep. When you couple a disdain for sleep with ambition, the result is a strong work ethic.
But there is a Biblical alternative that produces even better results. The secret to a great work ethic is in Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
It’s so simple and straightforward – work as if you are working for God – not for your boss or yourself. Because when you focus on Him, it strengthens your resolve and fills you with purpose. And people with purpose go even further than those who are ambitious and sleep-deprived.