Become great at learning and you’ll become great. Period.
If you can get as excited about learning as you do about a massive goal, you’re going to win.
It’s falling in love with the process that makes winners. It’s the process that will help you succeed. Everyone daydreams, they focus on the end, where they want to be and what they want to have, but only a select few fall in love with the process, with practice, with learning. (Read This: Practicing to Become a Winner)
Being a great learner means a few things:
- You have to be in the moment when you’re practicing.
- You have to be interested in what you’re learning and doing.
- The process is all that matters. You’re not doing it for a result, the result may be nice but it’s the process that you care about, it’s the sequence, the skill that you want to master more than anything else. The result is just a nice reward, a measuring stick, it isn’t your focus.
You also have to not care about what others think of what you’re doing. You can’t worry about posting results or showing others what you’re doing behind closed doors, in solitude, all because you want to become a master.
This is your journey. The opinions of others don’t and won’t matter.
It goes against our results-focused society, but also our ‘show and tell’ culture.
It’s almost as if everything we do, we do to show others that we’re doing it.
That’s the mindset people have.
The problem is obvious; rather than living for the moment and the experience and themselves, they’re living to show others. They’ve slaves to the opinions of others, be they likes, comments, or texts, opinions become the reason for doing the activity. The activity is almost secondary. They spend as much time thinking about how they’re going to tell people or show people what they’re doing that they’re not in the moment and they’re not focused on what they’re doing.
Twain has a quote, my internet is off right now so I can’t find it, but it goes along the lines of…
“If you find yourself on the side of the masses, stop and think.”
I hope that’s it.
It’s the same point.
Trends are something you should ideally not be a part of unless, by some strange sequence of events, a trend is actually beneficial. Most trends aren’t. They’re weightless and frivolous.
Thinking and talking about goals and dreams isn’t always beneficial. Learning and practicing and being process-oriented, is.
This is just something to think about and to be mindful of. It’s not bad to post things or to talk about things, but be cognoscente as to why you’re doing something and what you’re focusing on when you’re doing it.
Create environments that force this focus as well.
I, for instance, have adopted the practice of wearing noise-cancelling headphones when I work. I put on calming music or sounds like running rivers or crashing waves, and I write. There’s only one focus. The internet is off. If Teddy’s trashing my house, I can’t hear a damn thing. The work is all that matters and it’s all that should matter.
We’re pulled in far too many directions. As humans, throughout our history, the great creators have always been able to focus on a single thing because there was only a single thing to focus on. Thus, they unknowingly trained to be able to focus for longer periods of time. We’re training to NOT be able to focus because we have so many options and distractions and a sense of entitlement that, if we work for a while, we should be rewarded.
That’s not how life works. You’re rewarded for something when you earn it, and the process of earning something can take a lifetime.
Fall in love with it and forget about the dream. You’ll get there if you love the process.
About The Author
Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.