My family and I were staying with some very good friends of ours the other day and they invited us to go for a short hike to see a waterfall not far from their house. It was a beautiful day and it was a great way to spend the afternoon.
When we reached the foot of the waterfall, I was reminded of the same lesson I’m taught every time I visit a waterfall or fast flowing creek or river. In the battle between the rock and the river, the river always wins.
If you were to stand at the foot of the waterfall and punch your fist as hard as you possibly can into the surface of the water, you would feel almost nothing. Now try the same thing with one of the nearby rocks and you’ll find it’s a completely different outcome.
So why is it then, that in a place like this you will find perfectly smooth rocks that have been shaped this way by the force of the water? It seems to completely defy logic!
If you’re ever feeling frustrated or feel like you’re not making any progress, go for a hike to wherever you will find a waterfall or fast flowing water. Find a decent size jagged rock on the side of the river bank and throw it into the flowing water where you can still see it. Sit there and watch it for a while and see if you can notice any change. I’m willing to bet you could even take a photo, come back one year later and probably still not notice any difference.
You won’t see it straight away, and you will probably have to wait a long time before the rock will start to become smooth but the point is, the outcome is guaranteed because the strength of the rock can’t compete with the persistence of the water.
If you were to place that rock on the day you set out to achieve your dreams, then applied the same level of persistence as the water, your outcome will be as certain as the rock’s. The only difference is, you won’t have to wait nearly as long to see a noticeable difference.