STEEP CLIMB (Read time 0:27)
Set a goal, hit the mark. Set another one, achieve that too. Congratulations! Problem is, we continue to trudge along day after day, in the petty pace thinking we’re creating and inventing something new, thinking we’re getting closer—but are we? Perhaps we’re just refreshing the same screen over and over. And when that happens, we get bored, lose passion, and allow distractions & procrastination to take precedence. While it’s true that setting small goals and reaching them has great value (and builds confidence), I think there’s more richness, more nectar, more growth, more juice and definitely more adventure, in standing face-to-face with doubt and fear and going for the steep climb, the “impossible” dream—the one that scares the hell out of you!
“I know who I am, and who I may be, if I choose.”
|Posted By mark|
Yep, we have to keep trudging on despite any failures, and go for the gusto. We have to keep taking action and focus on one goal in music, not many.
|Posted By Gunnar|
| Steep Climb |
As I've continued to climb the giant mountain towards my bigger dreams I wonder if I will ever reach the summit...at least need to make it above timberline!
|Posted By eric hansen|
| setting goals |
As always, great blog. There is no question about the power of setting goals and intentions. I remember the first time I ever set a goal. I was in my 30's. A year went by and I found the notation of the goal I'd set and realized that I had attained it. It blew my mind. I was like, "Wow, I achieved my goal!" Since then, I always set goals and intentions. They are powerful!
|Posted By Rachel|
| When mountains become roads... |
Hi Michael! I wish you all the best in this journey of life, as well!! When some one is so giving, it is a great pleasure for some one like me , to see the giving back where it started..Mountains are not impossible..yes, we have to be dedicated and serve our fellow man with all that we have, but in the end, I believe, destiny paves a highway to whom it wills. I am happy to work hard and serve, but I feel the ultimate impossible accomplishments are granted, not achieved. This does not mean accepting mediocrity, still opening doors of the unknown, but bowing to a far greater hand than my own. Thank you Michael! Rachel
|Posted By Tim Sweeney|
| Foundation building works |
Building a proper foundation under your career makes it last for 20+ years and more profitable than you originally thought. Alas you can't put a roof on the house if the rest of house isn't built first. I have taught this to artists for 30+ years.
|Posted By Cindy Grayson|
| Too fast produces weak roots. |
I guess that works for some and taking the bull by the horns can be exhilarating but after so many years of trying too hard to make progress and driving my blood pressure up - I've actually begun to live better by " Inch by inch, life is a cinch. Yard by yard it's very hard" and have been making progress so fast I have a hard time keeping up with it. I suppose it just depends on what works for you. Go for it :-)
|Posted By Dale Frank|
| your wisdom |
A man named Emmett Fox once said if someone really understands something they will convey it to us in plain simple english. You do that. I enjoy your messages and find them very helpful on my own journey.
|Posted By Rick Norris|
| definition |
That is the difference between strategy and tactics.
|Posted By Kingvegas|
| Impossible? |
Somewhere along the line I (accidentally) became an artist. I remember being mesmerized by the sounds of my older brother's KISS albums as a child. The teen dreams of rock stardom and hot chicks which somehow morphed into a vision that I had in the winter of 1992. A crazy man on a crazy instrument playing crazy music. In my head the vision seems clear- trying to bring it to fruition in the real world has been a bit more challenging. Just picking up a regular-old six string guitar may be easier but seems "trite" to me but the artistic and business challenges of my "artistic vision" can seem overwhelming and at times virtually impossible. I hope that my passion for my vision pushes me over that mountain!!!
|Posted By Joe Costello|
| Thanks!! |
You continue to entertain and surprise me with your insightfulness. Thanks so much for help!! I'm continuing my dream...sending in an audition video to play drums for the Welch band, Stereophonics...wish me luck! Big dreams will never leave my head...
|Posted By Ken Budka|
| Busy bee |
Seems as if the activities of the to-do list and small accomplishments can distract you from the big leap of faith. It seems much safer and comes with the small victories and feelings of moving forward. Trouble is, it's often an illusion...
|Posted By Kelly|
| Jumping Out Of My Comfort Zone |
Michael, you are singing this one to me! I am constantly raising the bar on myself, and then standing on that cliff wondering why I continue to do this to myself, when it is so much easier to coast. I'm on the cliff again - terrified - and I'm about to jump. No going back. And I'm jumping big. And it's not whether I make it or not - because jumping is the win. Thanks for the confirmation that good things come to those who jump!
|Posted By vivian|
| possible dreams |
Still climbing, still believing!
|Posted By vivian|
| possible dreams |
Still climbing, still beliving!
|Posted By Ronnie Mak|
| STEEP GRADE |
I thought I was “reaching higher” in small steps on a steep grade toward my impossible goal! But I became complacent and satisfied with just reaching the smaller step and never got to the top of the grade! Trouble is the distractions are BIG and override the SMALL steps. The goal has to be BIG to override the smallness of what gets in the way.
|Posted By Clara Bee|
| Dream the impossible! |
Yes! Yes! Yes! I keep a drawing of my Impossible Dream in my studio to stay focused and it WORKS!!!