When Success is Slow, What Can You Do?

Pop Quiz: Can success be sped up? Is there an antidote to
slow outcomes despite arduous planning and actions taken?
What is the secret for seeing huge results right now?!

I get versions of these questions frequently from people who
feel frustrated at sluggish progress in their success
journey – despite all the know-how and principles they
rigorously employ.

First, let’s get one thing straight…

When we admire someone’s success, or even our own, we often
focus on the end result and not so much on the effort (and
time) that it took to get there. This can cultivate
unrealistic expectations, especially the idea that overnight
success can happen through careful strategy and an execution
of sound advice.

The truth be told, success typically follows a series of
little events and achievements that can seem to take an
eternity, that include a few disappointments along the way,
and that challenge everything about you to the core – your
stamina, courage, integrity, and even your willingness to
keep going.

If you focus on what’s not working, guess what: You’re
likely coming from a place of aggravation as your mind wraps
around all that is wrong. You may even have negative
thoughts like “I’m not good enough,” “It will never work,”
or “Something must be wrong with me.” What this mentally
does is engender more of these counter-productive feelings.

And given what we know about the Law of Attraction, you
attract what you are feeling. So negative experiences,
people, and results will beget more negative experience,
people, and results. There’s not much success in that.

The key, then, is to focus on what IS working. To do so, I
recommend two simple practices: journaling and meditation.

Maintaining a journal (I call it an Evidence Log, Results
Journal, or Gratitude Journal) is a great way to steer your
attention to the positive and continually renew your vision
for yourself.

Start each day with reflections on what you are grateful for
in your life (list them out!) and end each day with notes on
what went right (again, write them down), however small.

Meditation can be a powerful tool for arriving at solutions
to problems and shifting your attitude so you can attract
success sooner rather than later.

The magic of meditation is its ability to essentially shut
down the outer layer of your judgmental, highly-critical
brain and allow your unconscious mind to take over. This is
where you enter a deeper state of inner peace and joy,
tapping into a higher level of creativity that will help
usher in the results you want.

Don’t know how to meditate? Lots of books and materials are
available to guide you in this practice. It’s easier than
you think.

Okay, let’s say you’re doing all these things, but you still
aren’t happy with your results. I’ll ask you, are you taking
real action?

You may be taking the actions you are used to taking. But
therein lies the problem: if you keep doing what you’ve
already done then you’ll keep getting what you’ve always
gotten. It’s a matter of practicing some new behaviors.
Shake things up a bit and see if you can take new actions or
modify existing ones.

Remember the Rule of 5. Every day do five specific things
that take you toward your goal. Change up the five actions
regularly and be open to feedback so you know when you’re
off course.

Lastly, I want to remind you about patience. It’s natural to
underestimate how long a certain goal can take, especially a
profound one. When I set a goal to become a millionaire the
year was 1983. How long did it take? Eleven years. It took
time for Chicken Soup for the Soul to hit the bestseller
lists.

You could say our tenure on the New York Times list was more
than a decade in the making. That’s a lot of patience for
someone who initially wanted overnight success.

So, yes, patience is a virtue. But keep at it, and in no
time, you’ll be only one week, or one day away from your
ultimate success.

Remember… be grateful, reflect on what is working and
continue to take action!