I’m GREAT at starting new things. One day, it’s a new plan to walk every day or go to the gym. The next, I’m making a commitment to count my carbs. Then, I’m focusing on learning an awesome new craft.
Yet, like so many, I find myself bemoaning the fact that you have to exercise or eat right more than once to be healthy or that it takes hours of practice to learn a new skill. I want to see improvement, and I WANT IT NOW.
Dana and I have been talking a lot lately about our plans for growing the Pink Typewriter Project, and we’re learning some important lessons along the way that I believe are worth sharing. While I don’t think I suffer from ADD, I do think I am excited by the thrill of the chase, the promise of something new. Like Dana said in yesterday’s post, it’s important to remember to look in our own fields for diamonds and appreciate where we are and what we have. It’s also important to identify our most important goals and take steps to get us where we want to be — so we don’t wind up just chasing any new opportunity that comes along.
I am learning the importance of what I call the Power of Passionate, Patient Persistence.
Be Passionate about What You Are Doing.
Identifying things that truly make you happy is the key here. If you’ve always wanted to try something or feel like something would be a good fit for you, by all means give it a try. But be willing to realize when something isn’t the right fit. Happiness is not one size fits all. Find the things that set YOUR heart to tapping and invest your energy there.
Be Patient with Yourself and with The Process.
Rome was not built in a day, and no guitarist (well, few guitarists) could transition from the G chord to the C chord on the first try. It takes time and practice to develop new skills. That guy pounding away on the elliptical while I feel like I’m moving at a snail’s pace? It’s not his first time. Give yourself a break and time to learn, to grow, to develop muscle, and to hone skills.
Be Persistent. Don’t Stop.
Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Find the passion, give yourself time to develop, and keep on keeping on. Confucius said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I would add that while starting strong is important, persisting in the journey to happiness counts, too.
What about you?
Have you found the Power of Passionate, Patient Persistence? Which part of that is hardest for you: passion? patience? persistence? Have you found a great way to improve that area? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.