EVERY SINGLE DAY (Read time 0:51)
Mike Bloomfield said: "I practiced guitar in my bedroom for four hours a day, every single day, from the time I was seven to the time I was thirteen, and every single day I sucked. Then, one day when I was fourteen...I got great." Wayne Dyer said: "I ran 8 miles every single day for over 20 years and never missed a day."
If you’re spending “most” of your energy working the numbers, battling personal circumstances, and “sweating the small stuff” you may have fallen off the path that matters—the path that will actually take you there. The only way to get the numbers up is to get the greatness up. And the only way to get the greatness up is to lock yourself in your creative space, your office (or your bedroom) and do the work. The deliberate work, the committed work, the focused work, the intentional work, the repetitious boring work, the work that you resist doing, the work that scares the hell out of you, the work that allows you to maintain the “uncertain” lifestyle of a crazy artist, entrepreneur. It’s so easy to allow the distraction of numbers or personal circumstances to rob your focus and thwart your best intentions. However, to the degree that you at least chip away at the work that really matters, EVERY SINGLE DAY, the chances are good that one day you’ll wake up and find yourself living your impossible dream.
“I hated every minute of training, but I thought, ‘‘don’t quit—suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'' —Muhammad Ali
|Posted By JVB|
| Right ON! |
This July I wrote one song a day, giving myself two hours to finish it. (Not the production but vocal melody and lyrics). Besides holding myself accountable, I wanted to be in the creative space and prove to myself there's no such thing as writers block. Amazing experience and mission accomplished. It wasn't easy all the way through but I did it. On fire now! It's all about the momentum!!! As always thanks for your inspiring Blogs!
|Posted By mark|
| Do one Thing |
If we don't do one thing daily to get better and to work on our dream, we're lost forever. It's not about money, it's about discipline and sacrifice for something we love and know is hard. Too bad, just do it.
|Posted By Rachel|
| Practise..practise...praa.. |
Thanks Michael, yes I agree..diligence...but I can't talk right now cause I have to go ...well you know...practise...:-) Have a great day!! Rachel
|Posted By Randy|
| Write! |
In the film "Precious" (2009), there were many situations and themes which stuck in my mind (and will remain forever). I especially was impressed when the teacher, Ms. Rain, instructed her students to write in their journals EVERY single day, no matter how much of an effort it was, or what they were feeling. As a writer, I sometimes struggle with this very thing -- but I've found that even the smallest attempt on a day when I "just don't feel like it" often yields a surprising result. And I know that my craft may have been sharpened by only a miniscule amount(and perhaps solely on a subconscious level), but the cumulative result is immeasurable. Thanks for reminding me of this!
|Posted By Michael Sather|
| Every Single Day |
I'm neither an artist nor an entrepeneur, but I always find application for your wisdom. This message to keep the focus on days when you aren't "feeling it" is a great one. I love the ending quote from Ali. May we all end up champions in our own world!
|Posted By Kingvegas|
| Every Single Day |
Well- I've been beating up my skillset for over 30 years and I've ended up not only being the good guitar player that I set out to be but also an excellent bassist, a pretty good singer, an excellent Warr Guitarist (my unique and as-of-yet unmarketable skill), a decent producer, songwriter, drummer, an excellent teacher, decent web designer, live sound engineer, etc. over the years. I can still easily spend 8- 12 hours a day playing but what has eluded me is putting it all together into a saleable package that ultimately moves me in the direction of having a solid career as an artist. The fact that I'm getting older probably doesn't help but I stay in shape. Every day I ask myself "What am I missing???"...
|Posted By Lyon|
| 100% |
Nothing truer. Concious practice makes unconscious habit. Build yourself. Thanks for the reminder.
|Posted By Bjorn|
| Every single day |
Wow!!!! Perfect timing for this in my life today Michael. All the distractions seem like such simple tasks and often like a mini vacation of some sort - meanwhile that which matters the most get left behind. This reminder was quite timely - and I`m heading for the studio this very minute....and turning off the phone!! Thanx.
|Posted By Aaron Wolfson|
| Good Enough |
Accept that you are good enough now. Allow yourself to have the success that you have worked for.
|Posted By Andy Susemihl|
| Thanks Michael |
Great post! thanks a lot for this one...another small candle that lights the way through this crazy artist tunnel.
|Posted By Peter Kimmel|
| Every Single Day |
|Posted By Brad Parker|
| Ah So... |
As it is brother, was and shall be... tip o' the hat to my fellow artist trippin' the light fantastic...
|Posted By Rami|
| Expect distraction |
Expect distraction. Expect your mind to wander. Expect to come up with reasons not to. Expect blows to your self-esteem. But keep practicing your art anyway. Keep doing what you're doing. Easier said than done? Harder to DO than scribbling it on a post-it stuck to your computer? I got stuck in ALL those traps but this blog has lifted me to get up and do it again. Thanx J Michael.
|Posted By Betsy Jane Bond|
| Just Do It! |
Yes I totally agree. Put in the hours, the focus, the commitment...No Matter What. Schedule It. No cancellations. No excuses. Love it. Embrace the fire.