When you eat popcorn, have you ever thought about the process each piece of kernel took before it developed into a tasty salty piece of cloud? (or sweet, whatever you prefer…) Well I have, ‘cos I’m cool.


Can’t lie I actually googled it. Procrastination comes in all shapes and research facilities.

There’s a tiny drop of water inside each corn thing but it’s surrounded by the hard shell. As the corn is heated, the water inside the shell turns into steam and eventualllyyy this forces the shell to POPPPPPPPPPP!

Now where am I going with this? Good question. (I’m even thinking right now myself…)

All the kernels started off the same. Small, hard and not particularly desirable (unless you’re one of those people that just crunch them raw like that- no comment.) It took a circumstantial change, a difference in environment, for a transformation to be made.

It took pressure.

There’s plenty of examples of well known entrepreneurs/musicians/athletes who when asked their success story, all speak on the same surrounding principle.


Not work.


Not easy.


I’m emphasising this because people like to take short cuts and then act surprised when they haven’t achieved what they wanted. A 5minute ab workout one evening in the hope that you wake up to a rock hard stomach the next day (this is my life let me not even…). There is a certain level of urgency amongst this generation I’d say, to be noticed, talked about, envied, famous, viral- to be seen as ‘goals’. There isn’t however, a lot of people who are willing to take the time and effort required to effectively reach their transformation.

popcornpoppingI mean back to the popcorn. When it first starts cooking, there’s only ONE maybe TWO pieces that shoot up during the first two minutes. Does this mean that the rest aren’t going to? One person’s sudden glo’up does not mean that yours *POPPP* isn’t coming. Maybe that glo’up motivates you to *POPPP* continue applying pressure to your *POPPP* own life so you can make sure that your own potential is reached.

It’s always said, surround yourself with people with positive mindsets, people who are working hard and achieving things in their lives. It’s because by default, you start to push yourself too, if you haven’t already. You start to realise, you know what, if they can do it, why can’t I? The kernel sees one of their friends popping and thinks, do they have more salt? (or sugar, whatever you…).

There is no way you can consistently put effort into something and get nowhere. There’s no way. Think about what it is you want to do, and start working towards it. Learning that instrument, toning that body, excelling those exams. Effective effort positively correlates with results. (Key word effective: you can’t stay up all night revising the wrong notes and expect flying colours…)


I mean back to the popcorn (yeah I’m loving this analogy LOL), there’s always a couple dozen left at the bottom of the packet that remain in their kernel form. Why’s that though when they were all under the same pressure…?

Well you can also be surrounded by successful people and continue to be doing nothing with your life. You can be too busy envying your peers and miss the crucial time to be focussing and working on yourself. Those kernels are always the saltiest ones too (or sweetest, whatever you…) -so bitter as they wallow in their own pity of what could have been.

sad popcorn
Bitter kernel wallowing in own pity of what could have been (bottom right)

I’ve really personified this food now but I hope you get my point.

All that salt (OR SUGAR, WHATEVER YOU…) surrounding the failed kernels is just waste. The resources they didn’t use, the potential they didn’t reach (and the other popcorns even rub against them to give themselves extra flavour because what you don’t appreciate, someone else will).


Transformations are not overnight but they are inevitable (good or bad). Whether you like it or not, you’re aging every day and you may as well make this physical growth proportional to the type of development going on in your life.
I’d like to end on this verse:

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people, since you know that you will receive an inheritance. (Colossians 3:23)

This verse helps me put my all into doing something when I really can’t be bothered. I pretend that it’s God that gave me the essay deadline or that it’s Him that told me to go to town to pick up meat for my Mum. I make the tiniest things a mission. Pick up the best meat I can find. Tap my oyster on that bus like it’s what powers the engine. ‘Cos after all, the worst thing you can do in this life is not achieve what you set out to do. To not achieve it properly (like those kernels that half pop and cause havoc for your teeth- rude). To not reach the destiny God planned for you. Tadpoles are destined to turn into frogs- it won’t happen if they don’t feed on their algae though.

Cartoon frog ‘cos the real things look terrible sorry

Find out what it is you need to do to get to where you want to be and don’t stop until you’re there. People may reach their destination before you do but it’s fine, you’re not on the same journey.