I posted Tuesday about our “by now’s” that we all have. Here is the problem and the reason we use “by now” so much. Your dream is going to take a lot of time. Usually much more time than you have in your mind. The reason for this is that there is a direct relationship between quality and the amount of time spent. Malcolm Gladwell talks about this in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success. He discusses the fact that we spend 10,000 hours to become a master at something. You and I are only going to get better the more we work at our dream. The more you practice your dream the closer you will get to the reality of living it out. The more I write the better my writing becomes. If you look back at my earlier posts I think you would agree.
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Your dream burning inside of you will be the same way. I wish it weren’t true. I wish that you could decide to be a surgeon and then be world-class later that week. Intuitively we know this, but I had only applied this to other people until recently. The grind and writing in the margins of my life must happen for me to be good enough to see my dream.
How about you? What is your dream? How long have you been practicing? Six months? A year? Five years? I was listening to a speaker the other day and was in awe of all the information, stories, and overall captivation of the talk. Immediately I thought, “I wish I had that much talent and I wish I could communicate like that.” Well, there’s a catch. He has been speaking on that subject for about twenty years. Other people who you and I think came out of no where practiced for years. They plugged away when no one knew who they were. The small days that we can despise are what makes you and I ready when the spotlight is brighter and hotter.
This post stings a little bit because I can be impatient. If chasing your dreams were easy, it would not be as sweet of an achievement when lived out. Let’s change our perspective. We are not dream chasers. We are practicing our dreams. Make those payments of time and mistakes. I will leave you with the words my football coach used to say constantly, “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Till the good get better and the better get best.” Be blessed on the journey.
What is your dream and have you been practicing it?
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