They say Rome wasn’t built in a day. But can you think of any great thing that was?
In a time of instant gratification, the secret to success is as old as success itself: work. Not hard work, not smart work, but consistent work. The secret is to show up, day after day until the work is done. It is to be good, day after day until eventually, you become great. After all, great is just good repeated.
It’s about making use of the compound effect and building your goals slowly but steadily. It works both ways: you don’t get fat if you eat a burger today, but you will gain weight if you eat a burger every day. You will not see astonishing results if you work on your goals today. In fact, it will feel like you didn’t make any progress at all. But, eventually, you will reach your potential if you work at consistently.
It’s easy to get demotivated. It’s hard to keep seeing the big picture. It’s natural to want immediate results. But the only way you’ll get there, wherever you want to go, is by putting one foot after the other, day after day, after day, after day.
“The road is made by walking”
— Antonio Machado