You have a goal or perhaps many. Achieving these goals would bring you satisfaction and happiness, but unfortunately, your passion isn’t working out at the moment. The minimal progress you’re currently experiencing is heartbreaking.
Some people want to get into medical school, some want to leave their 9–5, and others want to build an empire. Achieving ambitious goals requires determination and grit, which are traits I’ve seen within many people. Unfortunately, all it takes is some resistance or impatience to ruin everything. Patience and consistency are just as important.
Whatever your goal is, you want it badly. You might be looking at Bob in med school and wishing you were there with him, or even instead of him. There are two things you need to understand.
- Bob also wished he was in med schools a few years ago.
- He has forgotten about his goal of getting into med school. His goal is now to pass med school.
Just like Bob, you need to be patient. As long as you put in the necessary work and make sure you’re consistent, the only other requirement is patience. When you’re in Bob’s position, your goals will also evolve and change. Progress is the process.
Everyone’s path to success is different. The pace we learn at, how we learn, and the obstacles we face are all different. If you can have some perspective and remember this, it could help you remain patient. Rather than being jealous of someone ahead of you, look at them and what they’ve achieved as inspiration.
In our world, events are caused by previous events. Your goal is an event that can only be met after several previous events.
Imagine you decide to create a Gmail account and then a YouTube channel. Then, you purchase a camera. After shooting a video, you edit and then post it. That is the brief collection of events that make you a YouTuber.
However, your goal isn’t to be a YouTuber with one video. Your goal is more complicated and requires consistent hard work over a long period. If your goal is to reach 100,000 subscribers, you’re going to need to upload consistently; probably at least once a week. On top of that, you must work on getting your content in front of many eyes as possible. This means working on SEO, growing on social media and telling as many people about your channel as you can.
The process isn’t easy. Some will have to work harder than others. However, one thing is for sure: you have to stay consistent. Consistency means you will outlast others, build momentum, continuously learn and improve and increase your chances of success.
Combining Patience and Consistency
If you’re able to put in the work consistently and remain patient for several years, you win. Imagine if you put in the work consistently for the next five years. Where would you be? What about ten years? Twenty years?
We live in a world full of people chasing instant gratification (social media, junk food, Netflix) or instant success. To be honest, it would be nice to get rich and famous quickly like some random TikTok dancer. However, overnight success is rare and there is no time to dwell on the life of others. That isn’t what winners do.
If you can accept that, be patient and willing to put in the necessary work, you’re already ahead of most people.