Recently, I watched an interview of Will Smith by Tavis Smiley. In this interview, Will Smith, said when asked what sets him a part from others, “I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill…” Though a statement that can be interpreted many ways, he cleared it up by stating that he will not be outworked. He continued, “…if we get on the treadmill at the same time, either you will get off first, or I will die”. These comments caused much thought, in that I am just beginning to enjoy the treadmill experience. In this time, I want to take what Will said and expand on it for the sake of discussion and enlightenment.
First, I enjoyed Will’s statement and explanation because it highlights the zeal, commitment and effort we all need to succeed. Too many of us have the passion and the talent, but lack the efforts to bring our visions and dreams into reality. I wondered to myself how many dreams have died because of our lack of commitment to take the time to create what we have seen. Too often we expect our dreams and visions to leap off the page of our thoughts, and form themselves with our desires and aspirations. To bring your future into the present, one has to reach into your dreams, sketch, outline, color and finalize your dreams and visions until they become a reality. As believers, we know we have to speak things into existence, but we also know that God blesses the fruit of our hands and it will make us prosperous. We have to speak, but we also have to work. We have to rid ourselves of the idea that our dreams are stencil. They are created by following the voice of God! It’s more like being a sketch artist than tracing or using a drawing from a carbon copy or previously used sketch pad.
It we are to bring forth what has been placed for us, we have to approach our dreams with this Treadmill attitude. We must desire to create and finish our dreams so bad, that nothing will stand in our way; even ourselves. We must press through fatigue, and the negative thoughts, ignore the voices, and clear the room of all doubters. We must keep our heads up, and our focus forward, putting forth maximum effort, knowing that what God has said is our, has been given, and merely waits for us to obtain it. It is my prayer that we will all take ahold of our future with God, committing to His revelation and making it our reality.