What is in your daily grind? Do you have the grit and determination to go all the way? Does your tenacity develop your assets or is it all for nothing?
There is an old adage, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” We’ve heard it, and maybe we’ve even said it.
Sand, Kittens, and Clovers
Have you ever stopped to think about what makes up your daily grind? What are your habits? Are you building something that makes you stand out?
We may often strive to live in the moment, feel the moment, and enjoy the moment. However, when it comes to our careers or lifelong endeavors, it is often the compilation of moments that sets us apart.
Go to the beach and pick out a grain of sand. Just one, one single grain. Not a handful, not a dozen, one tiny grain. Why did you pick it?
How about picking a kitten from a litter of five when they all have similar markings? In the lawn or field, can you find a four leaf clover?
When was the last time you stopped to think about what you are building?
Who you are, what you become, it is all based on a collection of outcomes. The outcomes from daily habits that are produced across a period of time.
I heard recently that the designation of expert is when you practice a kraft, trade, or skill for ten-thousand hours or more. I don’t know how scientific that statement is, but it may work as a measurement tool.
If you’re doing the calculation in your head now, it may be, on average, about five years of what you do at work.
Being just like all the rest makes it hard to stand out in the crowd. It will be hard to get picked for advancement if you aren’t an expert.
Everything you are doing each day is building something. Everytime you skip a day, a week, or a few months it will cost you irreplaceable time.
The decisions you make today about your habits across time will condition the assets you are building for tomorrow.
Build the right assets. Stand out.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.