I really admire people who excel at what they do. The kind of people who are not just good, they are GREAT. I often like to imagine what they do behind the scenes to get to that level of skill. It intrigues me and it’s fascinating because everyone has different skills and different approaches to improve their particular skill.
When I watch professional dart players, they seem to hit everything they go for and don’t often miss their target. I love it when you hear the commentator shout “180!” After seeing this I feel like I can do the same. After 2 hours of trying, I can hardly hit the same number with all three darts, never mind get three darts in the triple part. When I hit a bullseye it’s often by accident and the dart just flew in the right direction.
Many of us settle for mediocrity. Perhaps not intentionally. There are times when we feel like we are doing our best and get to a place where we think we are doing well until we see someone else doing something a lot better than us.
Some people work on their skill for 30mins a day and become really good. Some work on their gift for 10 hours a day. The length of time is not always the answer but rather, the regular commitment to improving and following through on your intelligent plans consistently. Whatever length of time you need, commit to that and don’t let the time it will take become a hindrance.
It is important to define the level you want to reach and ask yourself if you are okay with being at beginner or amateur level or you actually want to commit to a higher level and become a professional or expert at it. Making the decision is the biggest part of the work.
Usually, the thought of the work involved is what holds us back from excelling. We think of the time involved and the sacrifice to get to that level and we often get overwhelmed by the work that lies ahead, that it cripples us in to passivity.
The sad thing is that if we settle for mediocrity, a little word called regret starts to eat away at us. After 5 years you look back and realise you aren’t where you could have been if you had made the decision to start when you felt that you wanted to. You then face the same cross roads about committing yourself to becoming good and this time you might decide to follow through but you feel discouraged because you know in your heart, you should have made the decision a lot sooner.
Decide what you want to do and stop making excuses about why you can’t. People who excel, have made MANY mistakes on their journey but didn’t let those mistakes stop them from continuing. Rather, they made mistakes, learnt from them, picked themselves up and carried on. Decide what you want and go for it. Stop overthinking. Forget about the time it will take. That time will pass whether you work at it or not. The advantage of working at it, is there will be a reward at the end.
Commit yourself and don’t look for instant results. Don’t go to the gym once and look at yourself in the mirror after the workout and expect to see any significant change. Getting to a professional level takes time. Embrace that idea and concentrate on being consistent. Practice, practice, practice! Over time, you will notice the improvements and others will too and begin to praise you for the skillful work that you produce. “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips” Proverbs 27:2
“Do you see a man who excels in his work, he will stand before kings, he will not stand before unknown men” Proverbs 22:29