This is my friend, Brian Bonham, braving the waterfall at Emerald Falls.

For the past three months my husband and I have been making strides to improve our health. We’re eating better and exercising regularly, intent on losing weight and becoming stronger. So far, we have both seen success, and we’re still going strong. My husband, for example, has lost nearly 30 pounds! He’s doing such a wonderful job and I am so proud of him. Yet, even though we are both putting equal effort and discipline into this endeavor, my results pale in comparison. In 10 weeks I have lost (drum-roll please) five tiny little pounds.

It can be easy to compare my results with my husband’s and get discouraged. Why am I losing so little weight when I am doing everything right and working just as hard? And even though that question pops into my head regularly, I don’t let it get to me. For me, those five pounds are a lot! I am seeing results, I am improving, it’s just that my body works differently and it will take me longer to reach my goal.

All of this holds true in just about everything in life. You may see other people succeed so easily, all the while you are working your butt off and only making pennies. Or maybe you are trying to master a certain skill or software application and find it difficult, only to see others understand it immediately. We all improve and succeed at different paces, sometimes regardless of the effort put forth.

It’s also important to understand that each of us has strengths. Some are God-given talents and others come from years of practice. We also all have weaknesses, but others are more likely to only share only the good stuff. All of our online lives are curated.

Learning something new or improving at something you already know takes dedication. But let’s be honest, it’s much easier said than done. I intentionally carve out time each day to stay on track with my goals, whether it’s fitness, diet, or improving my skills for my job. Do it often enough and it becomes a habit. Keep doing it for months and it eventually becomes your life. In time, you will see results.

Just don’t stop. You will reach your goal, your skills will improve, and you will see a difference. Trust me … you’re worth it.