It doesn’t take a genius to realize that if you do something every day, you will slowly, but surely, see improvement. This is true in every aspect of life. It is only through practice that we are able to better ourselves. Whether it is a creative skill (photography, drawing, sculpting, etc.), a life skill (meditation, selflessness, small talk, etc.), or a physical skill (skating, throwing a frisbee, playing drums, etc.).
No one is born a master of anything. All things take time.
Today, I want to encourage you to pick something and do it every day, for the next month. 30 meager days. I’m going to do it with you! I have in the past, and I saw tremendous growth after the commitment. I learned something new every night, I challenged myself and it helped me to silence my inner critic. I want to start again today, and I want you to join me!
What you do TODAY matters.
Here’s the thing, it’s really not as hard as it seems. You have literally nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Even if you only spend 10 - 15 minutes on something every day, I promise you, you will see improvement. Getting started is the absolute toughest part, but once you do, follow these simple steps to make your journey easier, and the results sweeter:
- Set clear rules. What do you want to accomplish? When will your deadline be every day?
- Don’t be too ambitious. Pick something you know is possible within the amount of time you have available. Don’t try to paint the Sistine Chapel before midnight. It’s not gonna happen.
- Make it public! I don’t care if you plan on taking a new photo with your iPhone every day or meditating for ten minutes each morning. Letting friends, family, and even strangers know that you plan on doing so, will hold you accountable. You’ll feel worse about not doing what you said you would. Not to mention, you’re likely to receive useful feedback and extra support.
- Keep a record of your progress. Post your creations online, or journal about how your yoga session went today, and tomorrow, and the next day. This will provide you with extra motivation and a greater sense of accomplishment at the end of the month.
- Stop caring what other people think. You’re doing this for you, and your own self-improvement. No one else. So who cares if it’s not the greatest painting that kid from Facebook has ever seen.
- Don’t give up! Even if you miss a day, it’s not the end of the world. Things happen. Just don’t quit, and get right back to it the next day!
I will, once again, be stepping into the realm of Cinema 4d, Illustrator, and Photoshop. I'll be making a piece of "art" every day and seeing where it takes me, creatively. I hope you choose something you are interested in or at least something you recognize needs improvement. Preferably both. This challenge can easily develop into a habit. Once you build momentum, it’s easier to keep it going. It becomes almost automatic, and the discipline needed to complete this challenge has potential to bleed into all other aspects of your life. So please, join me in this 30-day quest to better ourselves, and let’s see where we end up.
Remember that every day is an opportunity for growth.
Growing yourself, your relationships, your skills, your knowledge, should not be a finite goal. Sometimes we may find ourselves stagnant and feel as though we are stuck, or can not change. But this is never the truth. In fact, we are always changing, and always will be, even after our final breath leaks from our lungs, we will still continue to change. It is in the darkest periods of our lives that we learn the most about ourselves. I hope this post, and challenge, inspires you to look deeper into your own ways, and after you finish, you continue to do something every day!
"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."
If you need some extra inspiration, check out the incredible work of Mike Winklemann aka Beeple. The artist behind the featured image. This legend has made something every day for the past 10 years. Never missing a day. Not even on the day his daughter was born. The man sat down for 5 minutes and created something, before heading to the hospital with his wife. THAT is dedication. It’s especially cool to look at where he started, and where he is now.
Also, check out “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. A truly inspiring book that addresses our greatest enemy, Resistance, and offers ways to overcome it. I opted for the audiobook. Twas an excellent decision.