I WOULD LIKE TO GET results, asap.
Immediate ROI of my energy, time, and/or money.
Unfortunately, that’s not how it works.
You have to put in the work, consistently.
After that, you may reap the rewards. (Or suffer the consequences.)
Hard and smart work is required.
How can you sustain your efforts?
Even better, How can you fall in love with the process?
1.) By doing what’s meaningful to you. There is something you are naturally good at it. Something that comes easy to you, you enjoy challenging yourself and setting big goals, you become a better person in the process, it is in alignment with your values, and you are doing good for other people—all at the same time.
2.) By sticking with it. Discipline plays an important role. That’s the “DSD” (do something daily) part. Attack the biggest task in the morning first; your one action item. You got to be willing to neglect short term comfort for longterm success (i.e., pursuing what you find meaningful and worth fighting for).
In other words, success is not the results you get. It’s about falling in love with the process towards achieving your desired results. That’s why it’s extremely hard to become successful at something you hate doing. On the other hand, if you love/enjoy what you do… the floodgates gates open and you keep building habits and momentum.
Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” Earl Nightingale
3.) By being realistic. In order to become a doctor you must study for nearly a decade. The same applies if you want to become a psychiatrist. Or a pro athlete. Or… whatever. Nothing worth striving for happens overnight. It never has and never will.
Again, you got to be willing to neglect short-term comfort. Keep your focus on the larger picture; the long-term results. If you really want to achieve a specific goal, you better be willing to pay the price. Any price—as long as you stay true to yourself.
4.) By starting and adjusting along the way. Most of the time, we are stuck in our own head, overthinking every single worse-case scenario… and guess what? It never happens. All we did is wasting a lot of time visualising, missing the right timing to take action.
Sometimes the best advice is to do the opposite. When you are sure about yourself and taking massive action without seeing any results, take a second and reflect: Is what I’m doing here actually the best use of my time? Should I take a different approach?
Or else, if you are stuck in your head, paralyzed with what to do next… just get started. You probably will fail. You probably will embarrass yourself. But guess what else you will be doing? You learn. You adjust. You move forward. You get ahead.
Whatever you want to accomplish in your life, whatever big or small goal it is… in the end, it’s this.
Different practices, same outcome.
Now, it all boils down to this one question:
Are you willing to pay the price?
If so, get started today.
–Mario M. Montreal