I’ve recently heard many people say that “people overestimate what they can do in a day and underestimate what they can do in a year.” I reflected on this and realized I definitely have this habit.
On a daily basis, I wish there were more time in the day. It’s how I wake up, with plans formulating for each hour. And it’s how I go to bed, thinking about what I had to put off until the next day.
I’m frustrated when I feel this way because I know deep down that no matter what I accomplish in any one day, that day alone wouldn’t be enough to dispel these thoughts. Every time I’ve ever gone to bed thinking “wow, what a day, I really nailed it,” came after weeks, months, or years of hard work that culminated in one day.
So the takeaway for me is to chip away at my goals. I don’t have to build my ideal life in a day. If I could build it in a day, I should have aimed higher anyways. The real satisfaction comes from the journey, and knowing that I was engaged and doing my best along the way.