“We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.”— Pierre Corneille
We all want to do well at work, school, in our hobbies, and in life. Yet, we can begin to face troubles as we move on from one task to another. For example, let’s say you are a writer. You wrote a great book that everyone loved, and you stood by that piece with pride. There was a smile on your face as the comments and recognition came flooding in. After all, the praise was well deserved after all the hard work and time put into the book. The real question is, what happens now?
You wrote a great book, but how do you move on from that? How do you get started with the next book? What if it’s not as good as the last one? What if people don’t like it as much?
This problem is presented with writers as an example, but it can happen regardless of what you are working on, whether it’s a speech, an athletic event, a tournament, or a piece of art.
We all want to improve, but the path to improvement is not perfectly linear. Some days, everything seems to naturally fall into place, while other days a lot of effort has to be exerted just to make something halfway decent. It’s important to remember that we are human and having this sporadic path to improvement is completely normal.
What is important is to keep on going. Somedays will be better than others, but that’s okay. Regardless of if you have a good or bad day, both serve as valuable learning experiences. Observe your days so you can replicate what you do on days where things are going smoothly and learn how to shift your strategy when things are difficult.
As time goes on the path to improvement begins to rise. If you keep it up every day and never give up you will begin to see the progress you have made. Measure your progress from time to time so you have something to reflect on. Remember your motivation, your reason for doing the activity, will help keep you going. After all, if you stop because there is a dip in your progress there will be a guaranteed lack of progress because the practicing will have stopped. Having occasional moments where you notice progress is much better than completely stopping and ensuring a standstill in improvement.
Sometimes all it takes is time. No one became an expert overnight so keep working on it even when the results aren’t tangible. Not every practice will be a breakthrough and that’s okay. In fact occasional breakthroughs are exactly that, occasional. If they happened every time they would just be considered your typical practice and wouldn’t seem extraordinary. If you keep it up every day, your average results will become your old extraordinary results. This is the power of improvement. Will you stick around and work for it? Or let it slip away? Success is yours for the taking. Choose wisely.
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