Last week, I attended a magic show hosted by renowned magician, Peter Morrison. For a full hour, our party was mesmerized by sleight of hand tricks, mentalism, and illusion. Plus, Peter is an engaging personality with a twinkling eye and a winning smile. You can’t help but sit on the edge of your seat.
Between sets, he regaled us with personal stories of his journey as a magician. I was struck by this little tidbit: “I practiced 8-10 hours a day 7 days a week for five years.”
Is there anything you love so much you’d be willing to practice 10 hours a day for five full years? I often say, “I wish I could” when I see somebody doing something cool, never stopping to think how long it probably took them to get there.
That means the thing you love has to become your job before it’s actually your job. And it’s not rocket science—you will get better at whatever you practice.
So here’s two important questions to ponder:
What’s the main thing that deserves your energy?
Can you narrow your brand to discover the things you do really well?
Knowing who you are and what you want is a lifelong process, but the magic is in the process.
It’s time to start practicing now.
Pursue not only what interests you, but also what you’re good at. And remember what Greg McKeown said about priorities in his book, Essentialism.
Cultivate vulnerability. Believe it or not, this will actually give you more confidence!
Practice direction-setting. A lot of people start out with good intentions. Direction, not intention, determines destination.
Craft a process for the life you want. Be patient when it comes to the results. All rhythms also include seasons of rest. Be radically iterative through the process and you will find that you absolutely will improve over time.
“Who you are is continuously transforming through courageous creativity and a deep commitment to what you believe.”
I don’t know if I’ll ever love something enough to practice a full ten hours a day, and at this stage of life, I don’t have ten hours a day to devote to my one true love—but if I can find two or even five hours in a day, then that’s something worth pursuing.
What’s your thing?
Share in the comments below, and I’ll make a commitment to cheer you on!