A new year is starting. You probably had some thoughts around what you want to do, achieve, change, learn during this christmas period. You’ve read and heard and probably experienced these new year wished that you
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. Yogi Berras
I think that the first step is to commit. you can’t just expect to change something or discover something or learn something by opening a book or attending a class or watching TED. Come on, it takes time, dedication, persistence and will to get there.
A ritualistic practice is the perfect move to commit and reach your goals. Whatever you chose : learn a language, learn how to draw, write, run and get a healthy lifestyle, meet someone, get your boss job : you have to fully commit to DO, and we willing to DO. You WANT to do, not ‘should do’, ‘could do’ but : I WANT TO DO IT.
3 simple things to understand if you want to reap, somehow, the benefits of your practice.
1 – it’s a ritual : it doesn’t happen when you can, or if you want, it happens every day, every single day. You think you’re busy ? really ? you want examples of single parent that are entrepreneurs, work 70 jours a week and write books ? or paint ? or run 5 times a week ? If ritual sounds too religious or spiritual for you then sorry, maybe you should get into one of these classes that will take care of everything foe you, or expect someone to tell you HOW you will do it and when.
2 – it’s realistic : don’t expect to play piano in one week or to run 20 miles after 1 month, honestly, the ‘become rich overnight’ recipes just don’t work, don’t expect them to bring you there. Be true to yourself and face the challenge. Accept the change, accept the path to get there. There are certainly many ways to lose weight, many ways to be succesful but the one that work, whatever method you choose, is the one you fully & entirely commit to. If you can’t really picture that just qui reading right now. Realistic also means simple, humble, one choice, one step at a time. You can certainly run a marathon, just focus on running and living an healthy life then…
3 – it’s a practice : practice means repetition of the same thing. Sounds boring ? not really more than drinking the same coffee every morning ! practice is not about doing it good firsts time or being perfect : it’s about doing it. Get that idea very clearly, as every effort you make in this practice will produce a result. Now, it’s up to you to see the result as something you can build from, something that you’ve learned from or simply turn it down to success / failure, which won’t bring you anywhere. How many people do you see starting to draw or playing tennis one time and giving up with that kind of sentence : ‘arghh, i’m really not good at this, i better give up bla bla bla ‘ . That’s not practice, that’s giving up on yourself. Jump into it, you don’t even need confidence, just do it, don’t expect results, or recognition, you can get much more if you follow the path. Practice is simplicity by default, so as you’re practicing you’ll enjoy many side effects : like meditation, creativity, feeling free and doing something that requires little effort but brings you all kinds of positive feelings. Practice is like loving someone, do it with your heart and soul and do it everytime you can, the more you give : the more you receive. Anyway there is dozens of good books on this, i particulary recommend Leo Babauta or Steve Chandler. They tell you how many times in life you have someone you admire and you don’t even realize how much they practice to get there. Make practice your little hidden secret. Don’t listen to the voices of supernatural humans that achieve without efforts. So many people you admire out there are just like you and me, with a lot of practice !
Well, it seems like my computer just crashed and i’ve lost the end of that post. Anyway, i wish you some blissful, meaningful, joyful ritualistic practice for 2014 !
PS : i’ve received some comments on my writing. Thank you for taking the time. Hey i am just a swiss french guy you know doing my best, hope you get the idea anyway. any help on rewriting is welcome, i do love practice