Sounds like something from Karate Kid. But it’s what I think I need to aim for right now.
One of the things he said that really resonated with me when I woke up this morning was about focusing on inputs rather than outputs.
When he starts working with a new artist, rather than ask them where they want to get to, what they want to achieve or what their goals are, he starts by asking them what they want to do, what they want their days to look like and where they want to spend their time and energy.
I really like that idea. It reminded me of the book Atomic Habits by James Clear which I read last year. It’s a great book all about building good habits and dropping bad ones.
Thinking about the book reminded me how important it is to focus on the most important tasks and projects, be disciplined enough to stay on course and be consistent in my creativity and development.
But it's hard. I would argue that it's one of the hardest things in life.
And it's so easy to get distracted and lose your rhythm.
But don't beat yourself up. Just reset, refocus and start again.
"Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off." - Mr. Miyagi