Let’s start the story with some good news which you might have missed among all the drama. In the 3rd century BC, a kind called Devanampiyathissa in Sri Lanka decided to declare a patch of land a natural reserve forest. It was the first forest to be protected. After about 2000 years, a similar idea emerged in the west. In March 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established in the United States. Just before the Great War, we had about 0.2 of the land declared as protected. A negligibly small amount. The growth was painstakingly slow. Yet today, a staggering 15% of the land in the entire world is protected.
Sometimes the progress might seem extremely low, and it gets very frustrating to look at. When the improvement is slow, you adapt to it way faster. As a result, might not see any difference at all. This is the most common reason for most of us to lose our consistency. We always look for dramatic changes. We ignore the small improvements that test your grit.
If you improve 1% per month on a specific task, it might sound negligible. But you will double your specialty on it in less than 6 years. If it’s 3% a month, the results will double in 2 years. These are very digestible numbers to anyone when presented like this. Yet when someone starts to practically work on them, it might not sound easy.
By practicing a few tips you can get a clear perspective. It can help you to stay focused, despite disappointments.
Write the plan and compare it.
When taking a development path, take a moment to assess your end goal. Then quantify it in whatever way possible. For example, you are learning a new language, make a plan on how fluent you need to be by the end of 2 years. Let’s say, you need to be able to write an essay of 500 words with minimal errors in 2 years. As you start learning, you might not be able to write anything at all. Similarly, you slowly learn words and sentence structures. Nothing will come to you overnight. It could get very frustrating.
But whenever you need an assessment, you know where you start and where you want to be in 2 years. At any moment within that time frame, you can assess yourself to see if you are keeping up with the rate that is required.
Break the work into digestible chunks.
Sometimes a 2-year goal might look very far. In such moments take some time break down your end result into smaller goals, which you can achieve in smaller time frames. You can use those to get a clear idea as to where you are at the specific development journey. Those smaller goals will also help in building some satisfaction in the system.
The hardest things to achieve in life are hard not because they are difficult to perform. But because it is tough to keep up the consistency. So make sure you don’t get frustrated for staying true to your plan.