Tempus fugit, y’all. Time flies. We are at the end of another year.
Say it with me:
“Next year will be different.”
This past year was rough for a lot of my friends and neighbors. It was rough for a lot of the world. There is a lot that is uncertain. I feel uneasy about the state of things. Maybe you do, too. Many things are out of our hands.
But then again, many things are in our hands.
If you’re anything like me, you look back at the past year and compare all the things you managed to accomplish with the litany of things that you set out to do in January.
“I was going to go through all of the Marchesi exercises.”
“I was going to revamp my aria package.”
“I was going to research and learn repertoire for that competition.”
“I was going to improve my [insert language here].”
“I was going to improve my network—I was going to make connections.”
So—why didn’t you? Why didn’t I?
The answer is: lots of reasons. Reasons that matter, and, for our intents and purposes, don’t matter a whit for what’s to come in this next season of growth.
There are a lot of people on this here magical Internet who would like you to believe that you will achieve any goal you set.
I don’t do the lying thing, so I’m about to say something that may raise a few eyebrows.
We don’t achieve things just because of our effort.
Man, does that suck. I’m mad about it. You should be, too.
If you try, and you try hard, and you do a good job, you should Get the Thing™. That makes like, sense, or something.
Unfortunately, that’s not the way the world works.
Effort + Heart + Good Work ≠ Achievement
I can’t promise you that you that you’ll get into that young artist program, win that competition, or even sing five arias well at the end of this next month, season, year, whatever.
Those sorts of things involve a LOT of variables. I also suck at math, so don’t ask me for more equations with fewer variables.
What I can promise you is that you definitely won’t come close–not even a little bit–to achieving any of the things you want if you don’t start down the long, sometimes-arduous path of Doing the Work.
Over the next few days, my dear Invisible Internet Audience, I am going to share with you a few of the ways that I reflect on my progress, set goals, and begin doing the work to achieve those goals.
I am a work in progress. You are, too. I’m not going to pretend to have it figured out and I don’t expect you to have it figured out after reading this series.
What I do expect, though, is that you’ll come away with it with a little bit of a clearer vision on how to get just a little bit closer to making this next year a little bit different.
I keep saying “a little bit” because that’s the key. We’re making things a little bit different.
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Let’s do this.