Thursday, May 19, 2016

on falling down - and getting back up

Sometimes your ship runs aground.

image credit flickr-sleepinyourhat; used with permission.

You get sick, or injured. You pick up a high-maintenance client, or you take on a new hobby.

A family member goes through a rough time, and you pitch in to help out. Or the family vacation puts you behind the eight ball, and it takes awhile to catch back up.

Maybe you simply took your eye off the ball. One day you didn't work on your target, and the world didn't end, so it got easier to skip this work for a couple-few days, and the next thing you know a month went by and you're not moving any closer towards your goal.

It happens. It's not ideal, but it happens.

And when it does, you have complete control over picking yourself back up and starting down the path that you wish you wouldn't have strayed from.

Secret Truth #1: Success comes from consistent work towards your goal - a little bit (or a lot!) every day. Day after day, week after week, year after year. It's a grind, but nobody ever said it was easy.

Secret Truth #2: It takes a lot of good days to offset a bad day. The same holds true for weeks, and months. You can miss a day after 40 or 50 great days, and no one will notice. But miss a day after 5 or 10 days, and you've just wasted your time.

Secret Truth #3: Time, and timing, matter. If you kill it for several years, you can miss some time without losing much (if any) momentum. If you miss time early in the process, you might as well hit the Start Over button.

You can't short-cut your time to success, but you can definitely short circuit it. It might take several years before you have a desired level of success, but that several years assumes you're working diligently at it every day. Take days off throughout the process and success might not come at all.

Action Plan: Be cognizant of your activity. If you're not working towards your goal, figure out why not. Then readjust, set your jaw, and get back on that path towards success.

- Chris Butterworth