So I’m running my fourth half-marathon this coming Sunday. And this will be the first time that I’ll be able to actually RUN the whole thing. No walking breaks! And aiming to come in under two hours, that’s my only goal.
If you’d seen me take my first step of running training, oh, five years ago, you wouldn’t believe that two hours was anywhere near realistic.
All that being said, listen to Michael Jordan. If I had made pancakes instead of pulling on my running pants and turning on my GPS watch, that wouldn’t have been the end of the world. Failure happens. When the thing we want is BIG, when we have prioritized something that upon first glance is EPIC, we will not always be able to resist the pull of pancakes. When that happens… when your chin is sticky with syrup and you’re in your sweat pants on the couch with bad TV on… listen to Michael Jordan. And next time… do a little better.
An ancillary… One of my playwriting students today just said the most terrific thing: When you’re exhausted, consider a rest rather than giving up. It’s good for writing. It’s also good for pretty much any goal you set yourself.
What you do every day… reflects your priorities. Reflects what you actually, truly WANT.
Expertise manifests from one thing and one thing only… repetition.
Ultimately it doesn’t matter, from the audience’s point of view, how you are feeling. It matters only what you DO. And if you practice DAILY, then even on those days went you aren’t necessarily “feeling” it, you will still be able to DO it.
It’s 2019, Apprentices. Decide what you want, and then DO THE THING, daily, that will enable you to manifest that want into reality.
Theatre pro, amateur yogi, and competent home cook.