“Every master was once a beginner. Every pro started as an amateur. Every icon began as an unknown.” – Robin Sharma
Lately I’ve been reflecting on the power of daily disciplines, those little habits that seem insignificant in the big scheme of things, but they piece together to create respectable bodies of work or even breakthrough success. For example;
- It took us seven years of concerted effort to achieve a brand that was nationally recognized.
- The blog articles you read now are a culmination of five years and hundreds of attempts to write something meaningful, useful, and a little bit better than the last one.
- The compelling training experiences our clients enjoy today were preceded by thousands of preparation routines, feeling inadequate answering tough questions, fine-tuning how a concept is presented, and entering the ring another time.
- Our intuitive Leading Out of Drama curriculum evolved from eight years of daily practice making concepts come alive through in conversations, worksheets, homework assignments, and sales presentations.
- The Compassion Cycle model emerged from a commitment to daily conversations, hypothesis-testing, research, and pure trial and error that took almost five years.
- Our social media strategy has evolved over six years, 15 minutes every day, researching, posting, learning, watching, and experimenting.
Nothing that requires skill happens without putting in the reps. Even if you have natural ability, the repetition of daily disciplines is what turns that ability into productive talent.
Yeah, you get it! I know. That doesn’t make it easier to do the hard work in little increments without immediate results. In the meantime, here are some reassurances to help you along the journey to your personal and professional breakthrough.
- Don’t expect immediate results. Sometimes it takes months or years to get the return on investment.
- Fail often. Fail spectacularly. Fail forward.
- Relish excellent execution of the discipline for it’s own sake. This is what the musicians and performers do.
- Reflect on your comfort, confidence, and competence in the discipline as your index of change.
- Set small, measurable objectives and don’t look at them too often.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to yesterday.
- Adjust your strategy, but not until you’ve tried it at least three times.
- When you make adjustments, change only one or two things. Otherwise you won’t know what worked.
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