One of the biggest insights on success I have ever had comes from a mathematical equation, and it took me about 20 years to understand it. But no worries, it´s not some mathematical formula that only the science nerds of us can understand. In fact, it´s one of the simplest formulas you could ever think of:
1 + 1 = 2
That´s it. One plus one equals two.
You are probably wondering how in the world this has anything to do with your life. It´s simple: What you put into your life is what you get out. If you put in 2 level effort, you will always get 2 level results. Not 3, not 4, and not 5. Always 2. If you want 10 level results in your life, whether that´s success in business, your marriage, or your next marathon, that´s exactly the level of effort you have to put in. 9.5 level effort is not enough, you need 10.
In life, you always get the results you deserve. If you want greatness, you have to live for greatness. Not just for the final result, but the painful and laborious process that will take you there. Success is not a giant one-time event, but rather occurs when a series of small steps is added together consistently, day after day. No matter whether it is running a marathon or becoming a better salesperson, success comes when you get just a little bit better every day.
Never lie to yourself
When you look at your goals right now, how much effort is really necessary to succeed? Are you putting in that effort every single day? If you are like most people, you will probably realize that the effort you put in on a daily basis is not sufficient for the size of your goals. When that happens, you are just lying to yourself.
You can wish for success all you day long, but if you don´t put in the necessary effort, you don´t really want it. If you don´t eat, sleep, and breath your goals, you are just pretending. Wishing and hoping for things to work out is not enough, you must act. Dreaming about success is great, but always remember this: A goal without a plan is just a dream, and will always stay just that.
If your daily effort doesn´t match up with your goal, it is time to recommit again. It is natural to slack off from time to time, but anytime you find yourself procrastinating, you need to get yourself back on track. Get inspired by your goal again, envision it, and commit to making it reality!