For those of us with goals, the fact that most of them take time, lots of effort, learning and more time is a tough pill to swallow. In fact it reminds me a lot of the first time I literally tried to swallow a pill. I’m sure it was at least slightly amusing for my mom to watch. Needless to say, I’ve nailed the technique!
However, there are still several pills we need to learn to swallow. There are talents, concepts, information and other practices that all of us would like to be better at, if not master. I would love to one day be an expert in (or at) something. The hardest part of that kind of goal is the fact that it is not something one can master overnight. The road to expert-ism (yep, that’s made up) is long. Knowing that I’m going to need to pursue new things for a long period of time can be slightly disheartening. Knowing that failure and criticism is something I will need to become comfortable with is scary.
One thing I can say I do well, although I still can’t claim to be an expert at, is playing the drums. 14 years of work and practice (and lots of embarrassing screw ups) have given me the ability to become a fairly adequate musician. When I first set out on the road to be a drummer I had no idea I would still be playing to this day. I had no clue that I might one day be a professional. But I’ve done it long enough and put enough into it that I have found myself yielding a real talent.
Over the past year I’ve been taking steps towards new goals. I continually get lazy and fall off the wagon from time to time, but that isn’t stopping me from pursuing and learning. The fact is, goals take time. Goals require failure. You will never arrive. There is always more to be done.
Chasing goals is a slow and steady pursuit. Stay strong and stay focused.
What are some things you are working to be better at or learn?