We’ve been at work, at home, at school, at college, sailing, running, piloting an aircraft…whatever we have been doing today, a simple question, what did you notice?
We are all so often just on autopilot, in our minds, thinking about past or future, planning, thinking about the next thing. Did we actually see anything? or are our daily routines so repetitive that we do not notice anything?
Perhaps it might be worth a moment each day to reflect upon what we saw, learnt, noticed, was there anything new or different. Even better, perhaps we could be more present and notice things in every moment.
Otherwise, each day, week, month, year, and life goes in just a blur of the everyday routines.
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.