“Only those who have the patience to do things perfectly,” Friedrich Schiller said, “will acquire the skills to do difficult things easily.”
You have to show up day in and day out. You have to keep showing up and doing the work necessary even when results are small or unseen.
When you feel as if you’re not making the slightest bit of difference.
And when you everything in you says, “Give up.”
Discipline knows that reward comes to those who wait.
To those who apply themselves to their craft with focus and determination over the long haul.
There are zero overnight successes. Not in art. Not in music. Not in sports. And not in life.
Behind every supposed overnight success is a lot of sweat, hard work, and patience.
It may take years to reach your goal.
And that’s ok.
All that sweat and patience is building within you the character and discipline you need. It is shaping you into the person you need to be. It is making you worthy of your accomplishment.
You wouldn’t rejoice if things came easy. You’d do what most people do with easy achievement—ignore it.
The goals you're chasing are valuable and life giving because they are hard. Their difficulty is their magic.
They are asking for the drive, determination, and patience required. In short, they are demanding discipline.
Don’t quit when things get hard.
Don’t give up because it’s not easy.
Don’t move on to something new instead of sticking it out and seeing it through.
Stay the course.
Apply discipline and remain patient.
Results will come. Just give it time.