TE Tips: Remember the Iceberg Principle

Picture of an iceberg

Welcome to a new school year.  This summer I took a bit of a hiatus from my blog.  The truth is, I was getting a little frustrated with this blogging thing.  Sometimes I seems like I am just talking to myself.  I needed to be reminded about the Iceberg Principle.  My most loyal readers (okay, my mom) noticed that many of my posts this summer were actually re-posts of previous content.  In one of my last posts before my break I mentioned I was reading The Excellence Habit.  This is an excellent book and I would recommend it to all.

One of the most valuable parts of the book was the discussion of the Iceberg Principle.  It says “that the majority of our efforts are invisible to the eye. Just as the majority of the ice mass of an iceberg is underwater, so is the majority of hard work it takes to build lasting excellence habits…The metaphor of the iceberg is not new or earth-shattering.  It is just a good way to remind ourselves that most big accomplishments happen after tons of hard work…If we want to deliberately start and build a fulfilling life, we have to remember the Iceberg Principle.”

Read that paragraph again.  There is a lot of good stuff in there.  Stuff that I know you know, but sometimes need a reminder.  I know that is the case with me.

I’ll be honest.  This is one of my struggles.  I like to see results and when I don’t I get frustrated.  Sometimes it’s hard to stick with a project  when you don’t see results.  Whatever goals you’re working toward right now, I want to encourage you to stay with it.  Put in the hard work, it will pay off.  Next time you are tempted to quit.

If you want more information on The Excellence Habit click here: https://www.amazon.com/Excellence-Habit-Changes-Mindset-Difference-ebook/dp/B017UQT2SW#nav-subnav

One Comment

  • Donna Sloan says:

    As always, your thoughts and advice can apply to anyone, no matter what stage in life or what station in life. Even children starting a new school year, say in grades five and three, can understand the principle when broken down by a loving parent and used as a metaphor for them. Thanks for bringing this forward.

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