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Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule. There it is again. Four hours a day, five days a week, fifty-two weeks a year, puts us at right about ten years, give or take, for whatever it is that we’re trying to master.
The less daunting fact is that very few things actually require full mastery before we can begin. The other benefit is the passion that fuels this thing allows it to feel less like work and more akin to play.
The repetition it takes to master a skill is the same kind of repetition it takes to rewire the brain. Fear, doubt, resistance simply need to be proven wrong again and again in order for those emotions to subside; well, at least long enough to get us over the hump of hesitant non-action.
And remember, studies have shown that this repetition can also occur through visualization techniques and other unconventional methods. Living, eating, breathing that thing or with that goal in mind is a constant practice, and all part of the road to mastery.
A friend and client said on the phone today in our session that she is working to master the mind. I laughed and told her about the 10,000 hour rule. Many of us haven’t even taken the first step of awareness required to “master” the mind. It made me think of the monks that scientists find so fascinating in there studies on brain function and non-attachment. We still have so much to learn, but the little we do know points to the fact that we CAN change our brains. Neuroplasticity is an exciting field of study not only for people who have lost brain function, but also for those of us who feel trapped by our thought patterns and automatic responses.
Sure, I believe in raw natural talent, but none of us are born displaying our gifts right from the womb. Even child prodigies have spent several years at their craft. This 10,000 hour conversation is not meant to paralyze us. Instead, I believe, it is meant to prompt us to get moving, which is how I intend it here. Because, if not today, when? 10,000 hours from now, you will wish you had begun then, no doubt.
Take this evening’s opening ceremonies and the next two weeks as an opportunity to get motivated to follow your bliss. These athletes have likely spent eight hours a day, six days a week, fifty-two weeks a year, which is just about 10,0000 hours in preparation for these games. Watch the masters; notice how effortless it all appears. Look at their faces and imagine what is going through their heads. Listen to their stories; they have endured great sacrifices that few of us can say we’ve been willing to make. Borrow their courage.
I leave you with this: What does your proverbial podium look like? What is your gold? Can you even visualize yourself on top? What keeps you from believing it’s possible?
#Onward to Sochi