Stop looking for instant gratification. Zoom out

On days where I feel a little down, there’s the feeling that I haven’t accomplished anything. But this isn’t true.

This is the fault of my ambition more than the lack of progress. But, I’m going to be honest. I should have started earlier and worked more on the things I love.

The trigger behind this can be anything. It can even be the lack of visitors to my website, or my online income, etc. However, the trigger is never the same.

But when I look back to where I was in 2017 or 2018, I see significant changes.

I was severely overweight (with almost 100Kg).

When I came back from my vacation in 2018, I had less than 100€ to my name. Yes, that’s not a typo. I had less than one hundred euros.

Also, I was single and in a job that I dreaded.

Now, fast forward to today, I:

  • have an amazing girlfriend.
  • invest at least 25% of my income.
  • lost almost 20Kg since my peak weight.
  • have an emergency fund with nearly 1 year of expenses.
  • made 2 websites for clients.
  • have taken my blog seriously for 3 months by releasing one article per week.
  • have started a YouTube channel.
  • write every day in the morning before doing anything else.
  • made my first affiliate sales.
  • am happier than ever with my lifestyle (and still, there are things I want to experiment to improve it).

So, yeah, there’s a world of difference. 2018 I wouldn’t believe how much I have accomplished. It’s just a matter of not Making the wrong comparisons.

In part, these results are explained by The impact of small things.

Every good habit and evolution is compounding slowly. That’s why instant gratification isn’t a good measure of things. Instead, zoom out, and you’ll see the progress.

In a few days, I’m going to be 28 years old. And I get the feeling that my twenties flew in the blink of an eye. But after writing this note I know 2 things:

  • I’ve made huge improvements.
  • I’m not still where I want to be. And that’s fine because I’m going there with my current path.

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