We’ve all seen stories about people who achieve a remarkable feat like living to 100 years of age, being married over 50 years, building a successful business, or a number of other worthy accomplishments. Invariably, these people are asked, “So what’s the secret of your success? What did you do to achieve what you have?” Usually people respond with one or two things that they attribute to their success.
I don’t think that’s quite accurate. Very rarely is success achieved by doing just 1 thing. Success in any venture is often the result of consistently doing several little things.
Here’s what got me thinking about this…
Earlier this week I went to see the doctor for my annual physical (Good times!!). Everything looked good and my doctor told me I was doing a good job with regard to my health. At one point he asked me what I do to maintain good health. I responded with something like exercise and drink water. After I left the doctor’s office I realized that good health is achieved by more than just exercise. In addition, it’s important to also:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
- Get the proper amount of sleep every night
- Avoid excess sugar consumption
- Fill your mind with positive content
- Reduce wasting significant time with your face buried in a computer/phone screen
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Spend time with people who charge you up
- Spend time reading instead of watching TV
- Continually learn new skills
- Regularly get out of your comfort zone
- Do some physical activity every day
And that’s just the start!
It’s not just one thing that causes people to be successful. It’s the discipline to consistently do the little things that move you toward success.
Is there something you’d like to achieve in your life? If so, the best way to make progress is to consistently do the little things that seem to have no immediate impact. Begin doing those little things as part of your daily routine and you’ll be amazed at the progress you can make in a month, year, decade, or lifetime.