One Kick, Ten Thousand Times

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

Bruce Lee

It takes an enormous amount of effort to reach mastery. In order to get there, we must come attack it from all sides and every nook and cranny (You know, I have no idea what a cranny is… a cranky granny?).

Not all of us have the luxury to hone our crafts all day. (If you do, cherish it, don’t waste it.) Some of us have full-time jobs, and other responsibilities to do that can easily get in the way of our passions and goals. But all is not lost. We may not be able to practice ’10,000 kicks’ at once, but we can practice a 1+ kicks consistently overtime.

All we need to do is cultivate a daily practice.

A daily practice can fit into even the busiest schedule. We could bookend our days with a morning practice or evening practice. (Or, if we’re feeling crazy, a morning and evening practice.) How many little moments of time do we waste on any given day? If our practice is portable — for example a daily writing practice — we can fit it into the pockets of our day where we aren’t doing anything. Instead of worrying about being late on our way to work, we can focus our energy elsewhere on our practice. Instead of fuming with rage at the stupidity of the person in front of us trying to self-checkout at the grocery store, we can let it go and think about our practice. Even non-mobile practices have mobile components we can mentally noodle on. Maybe we can’t practice yoga in line at the DMV, but we can mentally go through our practice, or memorize a few Sanskrit words, or watch a YouTube video on a new move we can test out later.

Find the pieces of your craft you can take with you anywhere and practice.

And always bring a notebook with you wherever you go.

One day of playing piano isn’t going to do much for you.
But what about ten days? Hundred days? One thousand days?

The older we get, the quicker time seems to pass. We could complain about that, or we could use it to our advantage.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #697

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