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I once heard it said that art isn’t so much about how it looks.
It’s about how it makes you feel.
And I’ll be quite honest with ya, when it comes to personal growth and achievement I can’t think of many feelings better than the ones that come from the art of Everyday Earnest Effort.
I say the ones because what I’ve noticed over the years is that there are essentially two clear-cut feelings or sensations that stem from 3E.
The first is a modest yet encouraging feeling of accomplishment.
It comes from simply doing the little things day in and day out.
Now early on this isn’t overly exciting, so don’t plan on gettin all fired up and lettin out a big o’ self-assured “YES!” just yet.
The important thing is that you’re doin what’cha need to do.
Now just keep on doin it.
HONOR YOUR ACTIONS BY DOING THEM
If ya listen to the experts it takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months to effectively change an old (or adapt a new) habit or behavior.
Personally it took me a while longer.
Just how long I’m not sure but if there was a point when I felt I’d gotten on a roll and became moderately convinced that I had in fact established a new behavior in my daily routine it was when I started gettin pissed when I missed.
Ya see when I first started drummin again in ’02 I’d pretty much play whenever the urge hit me.
If I was too tired oh well.
If somethin better came along so be it.
If I missed a string of days no big deal.
But then a couple of years into it I started playin virtually everyday without fail.
And only then did I begin to uncover the built-in value of being brutally consistent.
Don’t get me wrong I’d still miss on occasion.
Only now, I knew exactly what I was missin.
From the outset I’ve touted Ingzig® as a company that supports and celebrates both the benefits of and the honor in Everyday Earnest Effort.
And this is what I mean by the honor in.
It means dutifully and diligently doin the things that at the time seem insignificant and uninspiring.
Honestly, do ya really think I get excited every time I sit down to play?
But what I do get each and every time I play is a definite sense of accomplishment. I know that at the end of the day I’ve done what I needed to do.
And that, as uneventful as it can often be, is a pretty good feeling.
A FEELING SECOND TO NONE
The second feeling is the more magical of the two.
Of course once you get to the point of feeling it you’ll no doubt agree that it’s anything but magical.
It’s something you’ve worked long and hard for.
And there’s absolutely nothing magical about that.
That being said, I must confess that over the years while sharpening my chops on the drum kit I have come across a few brief moments that felt nothing short of, you guessed it, magical.
Trying to sum up that feeling would be utterly unjust.
But I can tell ya this: it’s well worth the effort.
There’s an old saying, “Life has its moments…this is one.”
There are also those rare and special moments you live for…and I firmly believe that these are some of em.
Sadly though, these fleeting moments are just that—fleeting.
But fret not, because while the magic of the moment may be short-lived, it is in the long and ongoing discipline of daily practice where you’ll find that the real magic occurs.
As I said when I first started playing again it was pretty much whenever the urge would hit.
And that’s great and all, because truthfully after a 20 year hiatus it felt good just to be playing again.
Yet by the same token not a whole lot was being accomplished.
I certainly wasn’t feeling the magic, momentary or otherwise.
But then when I stumbled onto this whole regularity thing something ‘indescribable’ took hold.
Suddenly there was both purpose and progress.
One determined effort spurred on another, then another.
And consequently consistency (not proficiency) became the benchmark.
And yours truly was hittin it…time and time again.
Needless to say I was pretty stoked.
The ever-elusive powers of persistence were finally at my feet.
Where it’ll all eventually lead I have no idea.
But for the first time in a very long time I can definitely feel something brewin.
And that, is a damn good feeling.
Let me hear ya say “YES!”
See ya on Nov 1st. Till then, keeep it up.