Success always sounds easier than it really is. You set a goal. You work hard. And you accomplish it, right? It’s all so so logical, and linear.
But the logic overlooks the most overlooked stage of success. The pre-boil. You remember. It’s the lesson we learned in science class. And it’s a lesson we’re reminded of every time we watch a pot. Because that mofo never boils.
When you boil water there are 5 stages to the process:
- You fill a pot with water.
- You place the pot on the stove.
- You turn on the burner
- The burner heats the water.
- The water boils.
4 out of the 5 stages of the process last only a matter of seconds. Like an Instagram story. But one of the stages takes much longer.
Stage 4: The Pre-Boil.
The Pre-Boil is the part of the process when you put in the necessary work to get the result. But you are not yet getting the result you are after.
You have to go through the pre-boil phase:
- When you exercise.
- When you want to lose weight.
- When you want to establish a successful career.
- When you want to be an influencer.
- When you start your own business.
- When you are a student.
- When you write a book.
- When you want to make a tasty lobster dinner.
- And when you want to build Rome. (Because everyone knows that is not a one-day job.)
The Most Common Cause Of Failure
Most attempts fail because they don’t survive the pre-boil. Because during this stage the effort you put in is far greater than the results you get out.
However, during the pre-boil, your effort, work, dedication, and sacrifice are accumulating. Just like the heat that is accumulating in that pot of water on the stove.
The pre-boil is the price of entry. It is the initiation to the club. It is the test to see if you really want what you think you want. If you really want that dream to come true you must keep marching through the pre-boil. It is the only way to get to your goal.
All great accomplishments require sustained effort. The energy you exert is added to your account. But you won’t see the results right away. Know that. Accept that. And keep going. Success is a test. The universe holds back the reward to sweeten it. Which makes it worth both the work and the wait.
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