According to Wikipedia Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers.
When I hear the word work, it makes me think about faith. Many of us truly believe that we have faith, but faith is a formula. Faith needs work to work.
When a woman is in labor, she can believe that the baby will just slide and glide out or walk out of her without any effort on her part, but the reality is that she has to push. She has to put in the work to give life to her little miracle.
What miracle do you want to happen in your life? What goal or dream do you believe for? Are you putting in the work? If you don't want that vision to die, you have to push. You have to put in the work.
Now when I say put in work, I don't just mean working hard...many of us do that every day. I mean working smart. For all that we do, there is a corresponding process or system that could help everything to go more smoothly and lead to higher quality outcomes.
Lately I've been studying business so that I can grow and strengthen the companies that I own. In my research I read a staggering fact that 99 out of 100 small businesses fail in 10 years. We often have great ideas, great products and the ambition and the drive to start a business, but the reason that it is not successful is because we have not put in the right type of work. To see our desired outcomes and ensure that they have longevity, we have to put in the work on the front end to create excellent systems.
BusinessDictionary.com defines a system as A set of detailed methods, procedures, and routines established or formulated to carry out a specific activity, perform a duty, or solve a problem.
When we take the time and put in the work to create a system, then our businesses, our goals, our dreams, our children, or whatever we believe for can continue to grow and flourish without us even being there. That is the type of work we want to do.
So celebrate the work you've done up to this point today, but tomorrow and beyond I challenge you to put in the right work.