Whatever you create, could be a painting, could be sailing, writing, singing, making something, working with numbers, words, speech, building, engineering, heart surgery and so on, essentially the difference between it being just job and creating your best possible art is your practices and commitment.
If we have a ritual, a daily routine, so that we are step-by-step slowly but surely mastering whatever we do, then it will become an art form, a work of love, a thing that others will seek.
Routines and rituals take the amazingly huge and daunting dreams down to small repetitive and hardly noticeable steps of dedication that if repeated will bring the amazing.
‘Doesn’t matter what they are, just have them’ as Seth Godin said when asked what his rituals were.
The final ingredient is the patience and dedication to commit to those rituals day after day for a lifetime of mastering the things that matter to us. That takes staying focused in this moment and concentrating deeply on the one thing and one thing only, deep work is needed.
In our short-term, instant gratification world, we have opted for the easy.
Send an email to many people for their input, tweet, snap, snip, post, share, repost, and so on. Click, click, click…multi-tasking ourselves round and round in circles of nothing of any note or value.
We have replicated the old school industrial measure of being productive, where the number of nuts or bolts we made that day could be measured against a clock, with a busyness of emails, meetings, chats, instant messages, and then like a giant human server we reply, simply processing data.
This path of busyness, shallow work, easily replicable and easy in all ways on the path of least resistance will lead to the path of nothing at all.
To do something of value, to do work that matters, to fulfil ourselves requires taking the path of most resistance, but we don’t because there is no metric to measure our productivity on that path. This path takes time, patience, bravery and the willingness to step out of the busyness circle.
What level of resistance we want is our choice and with any choice there are consequences.