Everyone, and I mean everyone likes to entertain the idea that they work hard. It sounds very good and pleasing to us. It helps to reaffirm our self esteem and self value. Time to incite some objectivity...what if it's not true?
One of the most important lessons my father taught me was to always work hard, ALWAYS! He taught me to have a relentless work ethic in every thing that I did, even if I wasn't that good at it. So if I were to ask you what it means when we consider ourselves "hard workers" what would your answer be? Do we work hard in everything across all areas of our lives? Or do we just double down on our strengths or the things that we enjoy doing the most. It's one thing to work hard on something that we're already good at, but what happens when we're not so good at it? Is our work ethic equally strong in those situations? To apply the same work ethic to all things, across the board is one of the most difficult things for any of us (at least for me) to do. I'm reminded of this scripture verse from Colossians chapter 3 verse 23: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as for the Lord, and not unto men.
While I, like most of you I'm guessing, enjoy the theme of being a hard worker, I try to stop and ask myself if that's really true? Absolutely true across the board. Am I working on being the best husband I can possibly be, or am I working a little harder on improving my business? Will my kids say that I made a huge impact on their lives, or will I just do the bare minimum because "I'm just not very good at that."
Hard work is hard work, and working hard at only one thing is completely useless. Before we delight in the joy of being a hard worker, let's make sure that it is true in all facets of our lives.