No amount of religion or spirituality can replace good old fashioned hard work.

There are a lot of excuses that we  use to justify not working as hard as we should. One of the most deceptive excuses is religion.

Instead of getting back up after a failure or trying a little bit harder along the way, we use the excuse that “if it was supposed to happen it would have happened” — inferring that some Higher Being controls how hard we try or not.

Which is just silly. And self-limiting.

You can’t blame your laziness on some flimsy explanation about predestined failure.  That doesn’t even make sense.   You alone control if you give in, give up, or slow down.  No one else.  You are the “all powerful” decision-maker.

There’s a direct connection between how hard you work the success that you achieve. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. Hard work always gets you better results. Laziness always ends up in failure.

Bringing God into the discussion might make you sound a bit more spiritually sensitive, but won’t increase the odds of you being successful — no matter what success means to you personally. In fact, that type of thinking will just guarantee that you end up failing just as often as you have in the past.

It’s hard to fight for what you believe in.  It’s stressful to lose sleep because you’re focused on getting things done.  It’s tough to keep trying even everyone around you is telling you that you need to “be reasonable” and give up your grand ambitions.

But waving religion around as an excuse doesn’t change one bloody thing.

You’ve got to be willing to do what it takes.

Day after day after day after day. That’s the secret to success — trying harder.

Jesus doesn’t do lazy. So stop using him as your excuse.