If you take a nutritional supplemental today, would you notice any difference the next day? Again, you won't -- unless it has caffeine, in which case you'd notice a difference shortly after consuming that product.
If you eliminated a certain food from your diet hoping that it would cure a problem, would you notice a difference the next day? Most likely not.
Measuring success in anything cannot be done on a day to day basis. Accomplishing something good is like building up your retirement: you won't really see any big changes until after you've dedicated a significant amount of time saving up money. You can't save up $10,000 in a year if you're only putting $5 into your retirement each week. In the same way, you won't see any big changes unless you've devoted enough time to your activity.
My son is starting to read better and better, even to the point where he looks forward to reading (while I'm writing this, he just asked when we're going to do our reading activity). The process of getting him to this point was GRUELING! I was tough on him, made him cry, got frustrated with him, and listening to him read was just painful! Imagine being in stop and go traffic for 60 miles. You move a little, and stop. Move a little, and stop. Move a little, and stop -- for 60 miles.
Today, he's in first grade, but is starting to read more on a second-grade level. I've spent a lot of time working with him, and then almost out of nowhere, he just started reading more fluently. It makes me proud to see him look at random words and know exactly what they are, whereas before he would look at a very, VERY simple word and just not know what it is.
You see, if you want to see a change, then you need to be willing to devote a significant amount of time to it.
- You can't plant a seed and expect a tree the next day.
- You can't start a weight-loss program and expect to lose 20 lbs in a week.
- You can't start learning a new language today and expect to speak fluently in a month.
- You can't look for a job now and expect an interview in a few hours.
Success must be measured on a periodic basis, not on a day-to-day basis. Even if you get quick results, those results cannot be trusted.
For instance, I know of a couple in my church who made over $100,000 in less than two years with their online marketing. I thought these people were on their way to becoming millionaires. Then shortly after their big success, they weren't doing as well -- and sales of their product has gone down to the point where the husband was looking for a job! This married couple went from being successful entrepreneurs to job-seekers in less than, say, three years.
Their quick success with their online business was deceitful. Their success was quick and life was good -- but their demise was just as quick. This is why you don't want to get too excited when you see quick success. True success takes time to build. Quick success is simply...well...luck. You don't want to live your life on luck -- that is, by chance. You want your success to be purposeful. Luck has no purpose. It comes and goes and happens to random people. Living your life based on luck is like trusting the casino is going to pay you a regular salary.
By the way, this married couple is doing well again, thankfully.
If you start something today, check your progress next week, not tomorrow, and certainly not within a few hours. Admittedly, one of my weaknesses is starting something and not giving it enough time to flourish. I would get excited about quick results and get discouraged when those quick results stop. Then later on in life, I'd look back at my quick successes and wonder, "Why did I stop doing that?" Obviously, there was potential in whatever I did, but I never devoted enough time to get REAL success. My successes were hit-or-miss, which is good as it shows there is potential. But hit-or-miss success is bad if you depend on it.
If you start something and see immediate success, take heed! You may not get that kind of success again. So, seek the success that is measured on a periodic basis. Seek success that takes time to build. Focus on BUILDING UP something that will last for a long time.