Everyone knows the saying "Rome wasn't built in a day." And most know that the saying means that important work takes time. But do you know the second, lesser known part of that quote? It continues, "...but they were laying bricks every hour." Rarely is anything an overnight success. There are almost always months, years, even decades of work, that go unnoticed and unappreciated; work that involves trial and error, failures, rejections, sacrifices, disappointment. People rarely see (or choose to see) the hard work, the discipline, and the dedication that goes into becoming a success. Yet, every success story goes through it.
Compare running a business to getting physically fit.
The first step is joining a gym. If you don't join, you aren't even getting up to the starting line. This is a surefire way to never succeed. Once you join, you starting thinking down the road about what you want to achieve and what type of body you want to have. With every workout you get one step closer to your end fitness goal. You envision success. Is it achievable? Absolutely. Anybody can achieve their ideal body type or certain level of fitness. But you have to put the work in. Every day. Even when you don't want to. It's hard. You'll be sore. You'll be tired. You'll want to quit. But you have to be disciplined. You have to believe in yourself. And you have to go that extra mile.
It's the exact same thing with a business. It's hard! You begin by laying the foundation piece by piece, step by step, hour by hour. There are no get-rich-quick schemes. There are no fast tracks to success that allow for laziness. You have to put the work in. Every day. Even when you don't want to. And too many people don't realize that. People want to think that everything is an overnight success and that things are easy. But the reality is, it's not ever easy. And when people start to realize this, they quit!
But quitters only end up cheating themselves, because as is true with fitness, if you show up day after day and continue to put in the work, the results will come. It's inevitable. Things start to get easier. You get better at what you do. You gain confidence and momentum. You get closer and closer to that end goal until one day you realize you are standing on top of it. The most important goals you set for yourself will take time to achieve; persistency pays off.
If your goal is to make $100,000+ a year, working from home, and spending time with your family, it too comes with a price. But is it possible? Absolutely. Can you achieve it? Absolutely. But you have to want it! Your 'why' has to be stronger than all of your excuses combined. And you have to be willing to work for it; really, really, hard. And yes, sometimes that means the Netflix marathons have to go.
There are no short cuts in life. There are no fast tracks. There are no magic bullets. It will always come back to lining up at the starting point and then putting in the hard work, remaining disciplined, and having the dedication to put one foot in front of the other, until you cross the finish line.
When the going gets tough, you have to remember WHY you started.
Do you remember what it was that made you get up off the couch and finally take action in the first place? What was the tipping point that made you put your foot down and say no more!? Why did I start on this path? Why am I really doing this? Why do I put in the long hours? When you can remember your 'why', and when your 'why' is stronger than your excuses, then you will be able to keep going, even when the going gets tough.
Ask any successful person what the key to their success is, and you will get a myriad of answers. But you will also find commonalities between their answers and the answers of other successful people. It's these qualities that distinguish the doers from the quitters, the haves from the have-nots, and the go-getters from the complainers: hustle, hard work, determination, persistency, preparedness, resiliency, planning, dreaming, doing, learning.
Be relentless! You cannot fail if you never give up. Successful people know that the journey can take years and that when you finally gather up the courage to take that first step, you should plan to stick around for a while. If Rome wasn't built in a day, neither will your empire be.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single [confident] step.
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