“Do my muscles look bigger yet? Why! I’ve been working so hard!”
“Shannen, you’ve only been going to the gym for a month”…
Yes. I am one of those people.
I do it in many areas of my life unfortunately.
I used to be pretty good at martial arts. I won trophies and could beat people a lot bigger and older than me.
But one time I got smashed. Literally. And I was so humiliated that I never had the same zest as before and I gradually stopped going.
I used to be pretty good at economics. I won a scholarship to work at an investment bank in Hong Kong and I made many amazing connections over there.
But keeping in contact with people was just too much of a hassle, so I gradually lost those friendships and then didn’t continue my economics passions to become a money tycoon.
I have been doing a lot of reflecting on this repeated action of mine lately…
Have you ever read the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell?
Highly recommend it!
Here is a short video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS5EsTc_-2Q
He explains that mastery is achieved by clocking 10,000 hours in your field or roughly 10 years.
I also had someone else say to me once ‘If you want to become the best, don’t stop. There is always going to be someone better than you. But the only difference between you and them is who is going to stop first.’
The key to succeeding at anything is…
If you work at something consistently, everyday, for a year, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years… Achieving your goal is inevitable. It may take more time than you think, it may take less, but mastery is inevitable.
Still don’t believe me?
Take someone who always says they are really bad at maths. If they were to spend 4 hours a day, consistently, everyday for 5 years do you think they would be able to learn calculus? Of course they would!
Consistency and a willingness to continue, even if you feel like you’re not succeeding is the key.
I look back now and each time, I stopped at ‘pretty good’, not ‘I can kick arse because I’m the best’.
So that’s my challenge, and I challenge you too.
Make the time each day to work on your one goal. Do it everyday! And don’t stop.
Let me know what some of your challenges are and keep me updated!
Whether you want a six-pack, to learn German, or be able to help more people I would love to know 🙂 I just mentioned my three.
Me chopping onions before my date with the pool!