Everyone knows that it takes a long, extended effort to really achieve anything. Well, guess I have to concede that not everyone knows it – and certainly many people don’t seem to act like it is like that. In today’s post, I’ll show you that two months really is just a drop in the ocean.
My Achilles Tendon
That’s the most bizarre headline I’ve written for a while – but let’s get right to the subject itself. My achilles tendon. As you might have figured from some aspects of my blog, I’m an avid football (that’s soccer for you, you US buffoons) player. I love it. I’ve been playing it for two decades.
So you can imagine my guttedness when I’ve practically missed the whole summer of practicing because of a persistent achilles tendon injury. I’ve not practically played consistently in over two months. I feel frustrated, and I also feel like all that skill accumulation is going to waste. But the thing is… two months is a drop in the ocean. How many training months I’ve put in? It measures at 50+, if not at over 100 months worth of practice.
So how does missing out on two months measure up on that comparison? All it tells me is that I should just be patient, it is just a short-term hitch in a long-term project that is becoming as good a football player I can be.
Two Months? Pitiful
Of course, the equation works both ways. When I complete my Spiral of Awesomeness Challenge, I would have taken heavier action than usual for two months. What a pitiful amount of time! Even the most hastiest of us can’t expect to achieve anything substantial in that time. But that’s exactly what many of us do. Many are dabblers and when a few months of effort brings no feasible results, people give up and try something else instead.
What’s the lesson there? Well, if you ask me, I would not bother even trying anything that you’re not prepared to put at least couple of years into.
As always, of course, nothing exists in a vacuum and there is exception to every rule, but this is the general principle that works in the world. That is why challenges like Spiral of Awesomeness™ have to be followed up with consistent effort over longer period of time – it can, at best, work as a springboard to something else (yeah, that’s what I call my next challenge, Springboard of Awesomeness™ – but now I’m just thinking aloud), not an end goal in itself.
For many years, I was exactly like that – I’d get fired up for writing challenges like NaNoWriMo, blast that 50 000 words in one month (though it’s actually worse, I usually would do 95 % of it during last five days of the challenge), then fade out and be happy in my pseudo-productivity and the challenge I put on myself for rest of eleven months. Really I was just a lazy pussy.
Life Happens in the Long-Term
So as you can now see, the ramifications of the whole idea works both ways. Two months don’t really mean anything. If you’ve managed to do something difficult you’re aspiring to do for that long, good – that’s a good start. On the other hand, if you are struggling with a delay, like an injury in my case, realize that while it is frustrating, it still means very little in the grand scheme of things – everyone will get misfortune like this every now and then. It is how you deal with it that will make you stand out – in my case, I will just have to be patient, for rushing back into full practice would just re-injure me and lead to even more delay.
In the end, it’s still important to remember that while the change really happens slowly over the months and years, you still make the change happen day by day, moment by moment. It all starts on what you do today.
Thanks for reading this week’s post, don’t hesitate to let me know what you thought in the comments!