I’ve touched on a similar stone in the article “To get better, start now”.
We’re likely to not notice long, (apparently) fruitless, (sometimes) arduous amounts of work that people subject themselves to, courtesy of the availability bias, the survival bias, and maybe some of their cousins. Having been in a privileged position of watching people toil and make something out of themselves, I want to present to you with some observations of behavior you can share in during your thousand steps.
Oh, yeah, there’s no guarantee that it’s only a thousand steps. I’m hoping you’ll lose count as you work.
Attitudes to keep:
- Work as hard as you can (while staying healthy and maintaining your social network healthy)
- Work as smart as you can, too. Smartness is no substitute for hard work – but can be an amazing complement. Do work at getting smarter.
- Surround yourself with healthy people, and not only in the physiological sense. Having people with positive attitudes and feelings towards you will help out in the times of emotional need.
- Understand that it’s very likely, almost certain that many things will not go as planned. Celebrate and keep working while things are going well. Meditate and keep working while things crash and burn. Bear in mind point 1 and 2.
- Whenever you feel weary thinking that your goal is still far away, look back at the steps you’ve taken; whomever hasn’t started is further than you from the goal.
- If you think there must be a better way, look at point 2; it’s likely that there is a better way; consider point 4, you may not find it. Balance your efforts to maximize the chance of success.
- Do despair, cry, or take vacations if that’s what you need. Avoiding burnout is key to being able to take the (likely more than) titular thousand steps. Picking yourself up from a bad place is easiest when rested, well fed, stress free, and in good company.
- If possible, take the measures in point 7 before it’s absolutely necessary. Avoid unnecessary wear and tear.
- If all hope is not lost and you aren’t suffering too much to handle, consider keeping up.
- If your health is in jeopardy or you can’t handle the stress, consider passing the responsibilities on to someone with as much passion and better conditions to keep up the good work.
- Synthesize and share whatever wisdom you glean – make the road easier for the rest of us.
- Recognize the wisdom and support other gives you.
Eventually, you will be as amazing as you can be. Either a reference in your field, or accomplished in your own terms, or recognized at the very least as a hard worker. Hopefully (see number 4).
Did you notice that seeking greatness was not in there? There are no guarantees. But the tips mentioned will certainly help you get there. And this is authentic greatness you’d get – there are other things to keep in mind for apparent greatness, which I’ll share with you soon.
Authentic greatness, being “amazing”, comes from being perceived as capable of achieving great things. Those tips up there – well, if you aim for great things, and follow the tips, you’ll likely wind up being perceived like that by someone, usually people who are important to you. Do not underestimate this, even when it’s really probable that you’ll not see yourself as amazing. As much as many of us would like to change the world, consider that changing people around us is changing the world. So if your friends, family, or any significant people in your life see you as amazing… you are.