"The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." - Chinese Proverbs
I love reading about the Mona Lisa.
A true masterpiece - the best known, most visited, and most written about painting of all time. Leonardo da Vinci, the artist who painted the Mona Lisa, used the smallest paintbrush known to man at the time of creation in 1517. Even with the use of a magnifying glass, you are still unable to see the individual strokes because the brush that was used was so small and the painting was so carefully and meticulously done.
Success is the same way.
"Any time you see what looks like a breakthrough, it is always the end result of a long series of little things, done consistently over time. No success is immediate or instantaneous." - Jeff Olson
I think the issue with the things that lead to success is that they are very hard to see. At first, the little things that add up to achievement show no payoff in the short-term. A couple of workouts won't make much headway on the weight scale. Eating a few servings of vegetables won't immediately transform your heart health. A few days of making your sales calls won't build a business overnight.
I talk to our football team all the time about "finding the inches." The fans in the stands look at the scoreboard at the end of the game and focus on the record at season-end, but often overlooked are those tiny inches that are won or lost throughout.
Joshua Medcalf says "the problem with small is that it isn't sexy, and it's often repetitively boring."
I don't know what the inches are in your life, but if you want to progress, zoom in on those little things and focus on consistency even when you can't see immediate results.
Little by little, inch by inch, you'll begin to craft a masterpiece.