In our art lessons this week, we were studying about Michelangelo. One part from the book really grabbed my attention:
Michelangelo was one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, being both a painter and a sculptor. Yet, when asked by a student, “Master, how did you become a great artist?” his reply was brief and to the point, “I drew, and I drew, and I drew some more.”
I found this so interesting because even an amazing artist like Michelangelo recommended just doing the simple but hard things over and over and over again. It reminds me of a great quote I read earlier this week: “Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long-term results.”
A few weeks back, I was having a conversation with someone about goal-setting. They’ve seen my goal lists that I’ve posted here and they wondered if goal-setting just comes naturally to me.
Here’s the thing: I didn’t start goal-setting and instantly see success. In fact, the first few years I tried to set yearly goals, I really stunk at it. I would set goals that were too ambitious, too unrealistic, or just plain too vague. And then I’d be discouraged when I’d fail at them or give up on them soon after I started.
But, despite my discouragement, I kept trying. Kept setting goals. Keeping tweaking them. Kept learning what worked — and what didn’t work.
Over time, I got a little better. And a little better. And a little better.
Pretty soon, goals that would have been impossible a few years before (like this year’s goal to read 150 books), are seeming much more doable. That’s the power of practice!
If you’re feeling like you’re getting nowhere with goal-setting, or losing weight, or paying off debt, or sticking with your budget, or developing discipline in your life, don’t give up. Keep practicing. Keep trying. Keep pressing forward — even if it seems like you’re going slower than a snail’s pace.
Some day soon, you’ll look back and realize that all that sweat, clawing, and persistence has paid off!
“Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.” -Rocky Balboa