The Paradox of Progression: Why More is Less

“People often overestimate what they can accomplish in one year. But they greatly underestimate what they could accomplish in five years.” -Peter Drucker

When it comes to “success” and progression, many people are just looking for the easy way out. They’re trying to skip the process and completely change their lives with a little bit of strenuous effort.

However, it’s not so much about going to extra mile, but rather, the extra inch. It’s the small things that build on top of each other that make the difference, overtime.

Said Darren Hardy,

“Small, Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE”

The problem is, slow, consist progress isn’t sexy. It’s not going to suddenly make you an overnight millionaire. It’s not going to solve all your problems in the moment.

What’s even worse, is that if you start looking at where other people are going, then you’re just going to feel like a fool.

And hence, Jon Acuff once wrote, “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”

Indeed, it’s not about what anyone else is doing. It’s not about where anyone else is going. Instead, it’s entirely about what you’re doing. It’s about having a vision worth striving for and then taking one step at a time.

Of course, James Clear has said,

“Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour.”

Which brings the question: How can you lay one brick today? 

How about tomorrow, the next day and the next?

How about we then see where you are in a year?

I guarantee you’ll be making more progress and have more confidence.

So, why wouldn’t you just lay one brick at a time?

“I’m convinced you can do almost anything if you are willing to clarify your goals and then make the incremental investment over time to achieve them” -Michael Hyatt