It seems like everyone is trying to get somewhere fast, even if they aren’t really sure where they are going.
I always chuckle at the marketing of fitness products. Some of the products and pitches are downright laughable (remember 7 minute abs, or was it 6 minute abs?). However, these marketing departments know what they are doing as target what many people want……a quick fix.
True improvement in your life is not satisfied with quick fixes. Success is more than just arriving somewhere and then putting your feet up for the rest of your life.
My mentor says, “Losers don’t lose because they focus on losing. They lose because they focus on just getting by.”
To overcome the quick fix mindset you have to understand a couple of things.
1) Improvement never ends
I hate to break this to you, but you will never fully “arrive.” Until you are no longer breathing, there is always something to improve upon.
Leadership expert Fred Smith says, “Of course, all need to plateau for a time. We climb and then we plateau for assimilation. But once we’ve assimilated what we’ve learned, we climb again. It’s unfortunate when we’ve done our last climb. When we’ve done our last climb, we are old, whether forty or eighty.”
You don’t have to be great to start improving, you just have to start where you are.
2) Inches make miles
When I ran a marathon in 2003, at one point, I wanted to throw in the towel and quit. At mile 18, my legs and hips hurt and my mind told me I still had eight more miles until the finish line. However, I realized that I didn’t need to worry about running eight more miles, I simply needed to take the next step.
Often we look at successful people and think, “I could never get there.” The reality is that true sustained success always comes over a period of small steps.
There are no magic bullets. Improvement comes over time and with a price.
When I finished my marathon in 2003, I didn’t suddenly go from mile 18 to the finish line at mile 26.2, it was simply a matter of taking small step after small step after small step.
There are no quick fixes in learning and improvement, but when you are willing to keep playing the game until the end, you will achieve great results.
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