For us dreamers- the people out there with their heads in the clouds, thinking about what awesome things we can do next: we often spend our days dreaming about the “possibilities”. We come up with these radically disruptive, impactful, world changing ideas. Starting a nonprofit initiative. Ending world hunger. Becoming the world’s first astronaut-doctor-lawyer-president-of-the-United-States for example.
Initially, these daunting dreams seem impossible.
I mean, think about it. Saving lives? Changing the world? Solving problems that countless generations before us couldn’t solve? It’s almost preposterous, maybe even cocky to think that we can be some modern-day hero and change the game… almost.
Once we decide what our life goals are, we often imagine what it’d be like to be successful in our respectful endeavors, but we also often neglect one huge thing; the person we have to become to achieve that goal.
Most people don’t realize that becoming successful isn’t just about overcoming obstacles and working smart. It’s not just about being the first to get to the gym and being the last to leave. It’s not just about wanting “it” bad enough.
It’s about the person you become along the way. The tiny, incremental changes you make to your character; changing who you are at your core in order to make your dreams a reality. Ultimately, the person we sculpt ourselves to become is what allows us to overcome obstacles. It’s what enables us to have work ethic. It’s what pushes us to pursue our desires.
Will Smith once said “You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall”.
Don’t focus just on the goal. Have clarity on your goals, but focus on who you become when chasing that goal. Strengthen and develop your character piece by piece, day by day. Lay each brick perfectly as you can and before you know it, you’ll be successful. More importantly, you’ll become the person who deserves success.
Focus on the little wins.