At this point in time, I am feeling really motivated. The last few months had been a little bit of a low point for me – I had the overwhelming feeling of too much to do and too little time. As a result, I ended up adopting an “I’ll bury my head in the sand.” attitude and ended up getting less done than I should have.
Deadlines were looming and I eventually decided that I needed to get out of the funk I was in so I signed up for a motivational course. What I learned from the course got me really thinking and I’d like to share some of those insights here.
There is a universally accepted idea that to really master something you have to spend about 10000 hours practicing it. This rang true for me in so many ways. Consider the master craftsmen and artists of the past. They were apprenticed and spent years honing their skills. Their considerable efforts led to amazing works of art.
Some might say that talent is the deciding factor but I disagree. When I first learned to drive, I thought that I would never get the gear changes right. I certainly had no talent for driving. (My uncle would say that I still don’t.) Over the past few years of practicing, however, gear changes have become effortless and automatic. I now do them without even thinking about it.
That brings me to the next point raised in the motivational course. If you are living your passion, you will want to practice it and, as a result, work will become effortless. It will no longer seem like work.
The course’s main objective was to ensure that everyone is living their passion because in living life to your full potential you are better able to serve your family and community. They did stress, however, that this did not necessarily mean quitting your job and uprooting your life. They suggested initially trying to change your view on the job you’re doing in order to make it work.
I felt that the first step for most of us is identifying our passion. This is not as easy as it sounds. As children, we are naturally passionate and generally think anything is possible. The sad thing is that, as we grow older, we start experiencing disappointments and stop believing anything is possible. We then tend to settle in to weather whatever has been thrown at us and most of us forget about those dreams we had as children.
For me personally, I am still identifying my passion. I enjoy writing and creating. I’d love to inspire people on a grand scale. So I guess my first step is to get the writing correct.
In this respect, I have done a lot of writing over the years so I am well on the way to accomplishing my 10 000 hours. However, I think that I need to devote more time to it in general and have decided to devote an hour a day to writing. I’m going to start the clock on my 10 000 hours from scratch and really hone my writing skills.
I encourage you to consider what your passion is. As a child, what did you love to do? What did you want to be? So maybe being an astronaut is not realistic at this stage in your life but what was about being an astronaut that excited you as a child? Perhaps the child in you craved adventure and wanted to explore.
Identify your passion and then look at where you are in your life now. How can you bring that passion into your work? What can you on a daily basis to hone that passion? Then set up an action plan and stick to it. As with all actions plans, review your results periodically to make sure it’s working and make adjustments if necessary.
As Wayne Gretzky says, ”You miss every shot you don’t take.” so what are you waiting for?