Slow And Steady

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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.

Question:

What are some things you are working to be better at or learn?

For encouragement in this area I recommend Jon Acuff’s book Start.

If You Don’t Have Anything Good To Write…

Producing a product of value

Producing a product of value

…Don’t write anything at all.

Blogging is great.

Ideas are great.

Sharing those ideas is even better!

In Seth Godin’s book Poke The Box he says “Intellectual integrity goes beyond being clever-it requires that you put your ideas into the world.”

It’s your responsibility to share your valuable thoughts and ideas with the world. Otherwise, your creativity is nothing but selfish ambition.

However, in the sport of blogging, we often find people meeting quotas rather than publishing valuable material. If you want your blog or any other creative endeavor to gain traction there must be a level of integrity and honesty behind it. After all, we’re writing to give people something worth reading aren’t we?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when producing a product?

Will this teach someone?

Will this encourage someone?

Will this make someone laugh?

Will this challenge somebody?

As you create, make it a point to create something of value…to anybody. Even if it’s just a few.

Don’t give into the pressure of posting something everyday for the sake of “being consistent”. Don’t flood “The Internets” with junk. There is plenty of that to go around.

Question: What are some other questions we should ask ourselves before tossing an idea into the world?