“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
–Robert Collier

It’s a common enough occurrence: you decide on a goal, something you want to accomplish; you start working on it; you then come to recognize the scope of the work, get overwhelmed by it, and then either quit or perpetually put it off. The problem isn’t one of inspiration or commitment. Rather, it’s a problem of motivation.

How do you manage staying motivated in the face of an overwhelming amount of effort to achieve your goal? In setting your goal, you held the belief that it was within your capacity to accomplish. Otherwise, you’d never have even tried. So this isn’t an issue of self-doubt. It could be a matter of competency. However, you’d have factored that in; gaining competency would be part of the goal. So why push something aside like this?

What it really boils down to is discipline. You’re either unaccustomed to delayed rewards or you don’t want to put in the effort.

What you have to come to terms with, in either case, is to accept that anything worth doing is going to take effort. You have to be willing to learn. You have to be willing to fail. You have to be willing to exert an unrivaled amount of energy. And you have to be willing to do this every single day.

Because that’s what it takes.

Big things that last aren’t built overnight. They’re built a little bit at a time over the course of years. It’s the sum of small efforts, enacted on a daily basis, that add up, over the course of years.

Years. Years. Years.

And so what? The time will pass anyway; might as well have something to show for it. In the end, it’s all just work.

So do the work.

Get moving.
Keep moving.

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