You won’t be successful overnight–unless it’s 3646 overnights later.
Even if you want it really really bad and work hard at it.
Because Continuous Progress is what it’s all about. The concept of continuous progress may not be really cool, but it works. The only thing standing between you and outrageous success is continuous progress.
So here you go! Seven thoughts to help you along the way:
1. Time clarifies perspective:
Most of us are biased, either because of our past or our present experience. The last 24 hours of your life have a lot to do with how you feel about your goals, your potential, your stamina, the guts you need to summon to get past the pain and press through. But the last 24 hours change pretty quick, and a day from now, what you know and how you feel will be completely different. By making progress every day regardless of how you feel, you learn to look past the pain and fear of the moment and just “take another step”. Over time you get a better perspective. You realize that your emotions are less important than you doing something.
2. Iteration builds momentum:
Getting things done fuels our sense of purpose. And that sense of purpose and self worth is what powers our ability to accelerate through the obstacles and toward our goal. Learning through the journey is the real destination. By conquering small (but continuous) progress, you go through a series of meaningful steps toward what would otherwise be an unattainable goal.
3. Practice compensates for failure:
Success isn’t a day in time and neither is failure. Failure is just another practice round. I never thought my kids were failuresthey couldn’t shoot a basket at 2 years old. I was okay with that. So why do we get so frustrated when we can’t master our wildest dreams in a single six week spurt? Practice is the secret.
4. Movement trumps lurching:
Stopping and starting is better than nothing, but it’s messy. Steady progress is the key to success. Any of us can do an “all-nighter” now or then. Maybe even do 50-60 straight hours on a single project. But then we are exhausted and we need a break. Continuous progress is a kinder (more impactful) way to move forward and get closer to our goals.
5. Passion builds investment:
When you put enough of yourself, into something, you kind of find of way to make sure you come out on the winning end of things. When you jump into a quick “emotional fling”, you have so little invested that it’s easy to give up on yourself. Your commitment to long-term success forces you to build a passionate investment in your success. That investment is the antidote to the setbacks you can anticipate along the way.
7. Lasting yields differentiation
We all know that showing up is where it’s at. It’s actually 99% of the battle. If you don’t have the guts (the stamina) to keep fighting for your goal, then you’ll ultimately end up losing. You can’t help it.
Continuous progress is the ultimate way to stand out from everyone else. You’re still around when everyone else has given up. When they are gasping for air, you are pumping your legs and pushing for the finish line.
You don’t have to do it all today.
You have the rest of your life to realize outrageous success.
You just need to get started…