The most selfish act
The everyday commitment
The most important act you can do is commit to yourself first. If you can prove that you have done that for a given period of time, then you are able to commit to others. Like anything, if you wish to become a master of something, you have to start somewhere, this is it. Everyday work is that trip to the gym, sitting at a desk in a course you signed up for, making your own meals, etc… This is how you improve, this is what makes you an unstoppable force in whatever it is you choose to do. This isn’t about anyone or anything other than you and what it is you need to master.
This methodology isn’t new, but the delivery mechanism has changed greatly affording you the benefits and shear terror of publishing your results instantaneously. We used to call it practice, and in every sense of the word it still is practice. The difference is, you share that result once you’ve completed it with the entire world. This is the commitment part, you are now publishing your results. This is how you stare in the face of your biggest fear… yourself.
Fail and fail well, for you will and do it knowing you will continue to do so and the pain of that failure will never go away. Over time, you can quiet your fear and control it. But also come to the understanding that these failures are enormously valuable. Failure lets you discover many things you may have never thought of and launch you into another world that changes your game like nothing before. Just as fire can bring renewal, failure promotes growth. Failure faster by failing everyday.
You suck and your work sucks. But you don’t give a shit, because you are in love with the process. You will never create anything perfect and you will never give up, you already know this. Everyday work gets you to close this gap, that giant gap of wishing you had created this or that. You will find yourself making notes of things to create, and before you know it, you will have a list so big it will be without end. You have conquered the creative block.
People will criticize your work and some will even praise you, but that’s not what this is about. This is never about the audience, keep it about you. Once the work has shipped, it’s over and done. You’ve committed and proven to yourself that you have learned something. This will never be about validation, likes, loves, retweets, etc… that’s nothing more than distraction. You will look and you will react and even respond, just be kind and be good and keep going and become a master.