How many times do we get caught up in something very short-term, so much so that it begins to shape our thinking long-term?
Recently, I was stuck in a major rainstorm in Dallas. I pulled into a parking lot at a Barnes and Noble. Yeah, I’m addicted to bookstores. I get it. Maybe you are, too.
It was getting rather dark outside and it started to drizzle.
I went inside, and was perusing the aisles no more than a couple minutes when the skies opened up and the rain came down hard.
Stuck Inside, or So We Thought
Suddenly, no one was leaving the store. Not a single person. People were just lined up at the door, waiting.
And as the rain began to stop, I looked outside and the parking lot had become a giant puddle. I mean as in, put your waders on, folks.
Of course, people began commenting, “Oh man, I can’t deal with this,” or “this is such an inconvenience because…” And I thought, “Hold it, just wait a couple minutes.”
No Storm Can Last Forever
Not five minutes later, I made it to my car no problem as the sky began to clear.
In reality, that pop-up storm was a short-term problem, but people were allowing it to become a long-term problem. How many times do we allow ourselves to be consumed by something in the moment today, and it keeps us from focusing on the future?
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Focusing on Long-Term Success
I always say, “Life is playing the long game.” We all lose plenty of short-term battles. This rain storm may have kept people from their cars for a couple minutes. But you know what? It was okay. It passed. Not only that, but really we needed the rain.
Don’t let short-term thinking, or temporary problems, cloud your long-term success.
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