Daily hard work, knowledge, experience, and time are the ingredients of incremental progress
I’ve been a firm believer that opportunities find those who chooses to go after things that they want vs. sitting in one place and expect for opportunities to find them, or for their life to change for a better. Doesn’t work that way, at least I have not had a pleasure to observe the situation where opportunities come to those who resist the change or to alter one’s status quo.
Everything that I have achieved thus far didn’t happen because I sat in one place and waited for things to change on their own, I had to work for every single thing that I wanted to have or achieve. Things didn’t happen overnight either. In some cases, it took me years before I could reach a particular goal or objective of mine. So, what if it takes years to get to a place where I want to be in life personally or professionally, then be it. The one thing that that we can do to help us to get from where we are now to where we want to be one day, is to do something that we’ve never done before, take action, even if the action we take is small, or appears as insignificant.
One thins that can help us in achieving our goals and dreams is time. Why? Because, over the years of hard work and persistence, we acquire knowledge and experience that we need to create progress. We will make mistakes, we will fail, we will often be discouraged, however, through such tough experiences we get stronger, more resilient, more determined. If we don’t want to go through tough experiences over an over again, we will search for ways and opportunities to change how we do things, how we view the world around us, and focus on doing better with each time we complete a specific task or objective until we perfect it and become experts in whatever that we are working on. Such experiences help us to try something different, something that we’ve never done before, because, we now have even more confidence in our own abilities then before and know that we can do it.
So, if we allow time and experience to be our teachers, we will make progress in creating opportunities and future that we want. However, we must remember that time alone will not help us get there, we must make an effort to get out of our comfort zone, and ask ourselves a question – “What can we do each day to create some incremental progress of getting us to our end goal, even if that progress is very small?” Do you want to look back at your personal and professional life ten to twenty years from now and say – “Wow! I’ve accomplished a lot, I’ve made a lot of progress, and now I am much closer to accomplishing my life’s goal(s)”? I know I do. Hope you do as well. So, keep working hard every day, remember to take time to recharge and reset when needed, and with time our lifetime dreams will become the sweet reality. As Andy Warhol once said: “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”