“Geology is the study of pressure and time. That’s all it takes really, pressure and time. That, and big goddamn poster.” — The Shawshank Redemption
Andy, the main character of the movie, spent 20 years digging a hole in the wall of his prison’s cell, a few crumbs at a time. He applied a little pressure for enough time until he was able to escape the prison and gain freedom.
When we are going through a tough moment, or we feel trapped in a difficult situation, we dream about a significant change. Something that shakes our world, turns things upside-down and redefines our life.
And while we wait for this defining moment, time goes by, and it eats up our energy. At the point that, even when that moment comes, we are not able to seize it.
“It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis.” — James Clear
There is always something small you can do. It may seem insignificant at that time, but if you are consistent, you can build massive transformation.
Geological transformations are massive, we talk about continents moving and mountains emerging or disappearing. Yet, you can stare at a mountain for a whole life without seeing the slightest change. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not happening.
Decide who you want to become, find the tiniest action you can do every day to be that person, and then do it.
Pressure and time.
That’s all you need.