Not Seeing the Results You Want? This is Why and How to Fix It
Imagine you are in a freezing cold room. Actually, you’re in a room that’s even colder: it’s 23°F.
You place an ice cube on the counter. You raise the temperature of the room 1°F.
The ice cube doesn’t melt. You raise the temp another 1°F.
The ice cube is still not melting. So, you raise the temp another 1°F.
After several minutes of raising the temperature of the room, one degree at a time, you reach 32°F.
The ice cube is still not melting! So, you raise the temp again by 1°F.
And then, BOOM! The ice cube begins to melt!
So often, we set a goal for ourselves (to lose weight, to exercise 3X/week, to read every day, to journal every morning), and then give up. Way. Too. Soon.
We all start our goals at 23°F.
We put in a few days or weeks or months of work, and then give up when we don’t see grand results or big improvements.
We make it to 32°F and stop.
“It’s not working! I can’t lose weight! I don’t have time, I’m too tired, I’m not seeing results…”
But for those that keep putting in the work, day in, day out, drip by drip, one small step in front of the other, without seeing results, you eventually make it to 33°F.
And the ice cube begins to melt.
You see the results. You feel the results. Others see it too. And they call you an overnight success.
But were you an overnight success? Definitely not.
You put in the hard, unglamourous work, 1° at a time, day after day. You didn’t see the results, but you kept going anyway, because you knew that the greatest results are delayed.
I adore this quote by James Clear, author of Atomic Habits (one of my favorite books of all time):
Complaining about not achieving success despite working hard is like complaining about an ice cube not melting when you heated it from twenty-five to thirty-one degrees. Your work was not wasted; it is just being stored. All the action happens at thirty-two degrees.
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