You Might Win On a Day But You Don’t Win In a Day

You might think you could win an Olympic Medal in a day, but you can't. You might win it ON a day, but you don't win it IN a day. Many days spent IN preparation and perspiration are required to achieve excellence ON one given day.

“People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing – that's why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar

While watching people ascend podiums or receive trophies, it is easy to be envious. However, if we could see all the days before, we might not be so envious at all.

Achievement is daily. Many people want the result but so few want the habit of achieving.

You can't lose 50 pounds in a day.  Pushing away the cake.Eating something else when everyone else is digging in at the office party. You make choices IN every day, so one day you can stand ON that scale and see the results.

You can't write a great book in a day. Picking up a pen when you'd rather be reading. Missing out on a nap. Not lingering long at the supper table. Putting writing and proofreading and fact-checking in your daily calendar when you'd rather be speaking or talking to friends. Great authors put these things into their day so one day they can see their book on the New York Times Bestseller list.

The daily habits of achieving success on a certain day look and feel like work, pain, exhaustion, and struggle. And who likes that?

I once read a report that showed that good and bad students hate the same things: studying, homework, and listening. What is the difference? The good students do them anyway.

Everyone wants the prize, but few people want the pain.

Success may happen on a day in the future, but it begins in what you every day right now.

Are your daily habits leading you towards success? What practices are in your day that will put you on course to success in your chosen field.

If we want success on a day in the future, we must put future-minded pain-inducing tiring habits in our today, so we can get there.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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