We humans have a lot of sayings.
Things that sound true. Things that make us go, “Yeah, that’s right!” When we hear them.
But sometimes we say them and feel them as an excuse to not DO them.
It’s like on one level, we know intuitively what needs to be done, but on another level we wish it were easier.
And for most folks, wishing is easier than doing.
Take the old saying, “Genius is one percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration.”
Nobody would disagree with this.
Especially when we have examples of old school inventors toiling in their lab for YEARS before finally coming up with something.
But when it comes to our own lives, we tend to look for shortcuts.
We even counteract that statement with examples where it’s no true. Guys and girls who somehow stumbled onto geniusness, and didn’t really do much except get luck.
However, if you were to go beyond the Hollywood stories, and look into these people’s lives, you’ll see that they indeed struggled for a long time.
Only they didn’t see it as a struggle.
Back in their mind, they KNEW that one day they’d succeed.
This is what they mean when they say you’ve got to “believe in yourself.”
It doesn’t mean believing that you’ll get lucky or win the lottery.
It means believing that those boring, daily tasks you do will pay off eventually.
Even when your friends and family are openly doubting you and talking smack behind your back.
THAT is the perspiration. The daily work that will eventually BUILD UP to your genius breakthrough.
Like the story of the straw that broke the camel’s back.
It wasn’t ONE STRAW that did it. It was every single straw laid on their before, and that one “lucky” straw that got all the credit.
That one “lucky” straw wouldn’t have done crap without the rest of the straws.
Your genius breakthrough or achievement won’t come if you don’t do the work leading up to it.
The daily journaling, the daily practice, the daily drills, the things that aren’t fun, but are necessary.
Are you willing?
If you are, you CAN build anything you want. It takes time. It takes persistence. It takes dedication, and it takes belief.
But just like mixing the right ingredients will give you a cake, every single time, so will the above.
Small daily efforts will add up.
What do YOU do every day?