Staying Focused Through Boredom is the Ultimate Secret to Success
September 11, 2022
We all have goals and dreams. Yet staying focused and sticking with them is something that so few of us seem to be able to do.
“I start with good intentions, but I can’t seem to maintain my consistency for a long period of time.”
I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else.
I’ll start one project, work on it for a little bit, then lose focus and try something else. And soon enough then I’ll lose focus on my new goal as well and try something else. And on and on. When everything is said and done, I’ve stopped and started so many times that I never really made much progress.
I’m laying a single brick in a million different houses and expecting that one day it will magically become a mansion.
Relative success is inherently not that complex. At some point, it comes down to who can handle the boredom of working on the same thing every day, over and over and over, till you get what you want.
People talk about getting “amped up” to work on their goals. “It all comes down to passion.” Or “you have to really want it.” As a result, many of us get depressed when we lose focus or motivation because we think that successful people have some bottomless reserve of passion.
But really successful people feel the same lack of motivation as everyone else. The difference is that they still find a way to show up despite the feelings of boredom.
It’s this ability to do the work when it’s not easy – when we just don’t feel like it – that separates the top performers from everyone else. That’s the difference between professionals and amateurs.
Anyone can work hard when they feel motivated. It’s the ability to work when work isn’t easy that makes the difference.
If you want to become significantly better at anything, you have to fall in love with the process of doing it. You have to fall in love with building the identity of someone who does the work, rather than just dreaming about the results that you want.
Fall in love with boredom.
Fall in love with repetition and practice.
Fall in love with the process of what you do and let the results take care of themselves.
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