In a previous post, we talked about how 2% improvement on a daily basis can make you awesome, and in this post, I’d like to continue that conversation and talk about what keeps most people from achieving greatness.
This topic reminds me of a story that I read in one of my favorite books, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.
In this book (which is a must read if you haven’t read it already), he talks about a man named R. U. Darby, who went out west in the turn of the century to dig for gold.
He actually found some, and started digging for more. Then, soon after he started, the gold stopped coming, he kept digging for a bit, but when no more gold came up, he gave up and sold the mine and the machinery for a few hundred dollars to a “junk man” and went back home to work as an insurance agent.
The “junk man” was different though. He had a look at the mine, and called in some experts who told him that there still is gold in the mine, so he started digging again.
Turns out, that the gold started up again just 3 feet (!) from where Darby stopped digging. Not only that, it turned out to be the richest mine in Colorado at the time, and the “junk man” became a millionaire.
So how is this relevant to the 2% increase strategy we mentioned in the previous post?
When you first start out making changes in your life and going for that huge goal, you’re not going to see much improvement.
If you remember, you start out by improving by just 2 points on the first day, then another 2 on the 2nd day and even at day 100 you’re not that far ahead.
This is the point where most people give up. They put in the work for 100 days, but nothing really changed, they’re just not seeing results and that can be very discouraging. After all, they did put some effort in and tried really hard, so no one can blame them for not achieving what they want, right? Wouldn’t it be ok to quit at this point?
But just like with Darby, 100 days could just be 3 feet from the gold…
What if they were 3 feet from the “gold” they’re trying to get and they just gave up?
You’re different though, you know that 100 days aren’t enough, and you stick with it, even if it looks like nothing’s happening, and then, in day 200, you suddenly look back and realize that you’ve struck the “richest gold mine in Colorado”.
That’s why most people fail to be incredible, they don’t trust that the oneness has a great future planned for them, and they quit if they don’t get immediate results.
Now that you know this, what would you change in how you approach your major life achievements?
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