January 5, 2018
"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man." - Benjamin Franklin
It's a brand new year and many people will make resolutions.
I will not.
I learned a long time ago that the best way to get anything out of life is to make it a habit.
For example, if I want to be a better Artist, I devote time to it. One of the most precious things we have in this life is time. We devote our time to many things, including our families, our work and our hobbies. Whatever it is you want out of life, if you make it a habit, it'll be far more achievable than if you make it a New Years resolution.
Resolutions are easily broken, habits are not.
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For example, I set aside 30 minutes a day to devote to art. Sketching, drawing, painting, learning a new technique, all fall into my commitment. No matter what's going on or how busy we become, I forcefully find the time for art. Okay, I'll admit that I am absolutley passionate about it, so that makes it easier. And that's part of the secret, finding your passion.
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Your new habit doesn't have to be art or art related. If I want a better relationship with my kids, I spend more time with them. If I want to improve a skill at work, I spend time on it. Time is also the greatest equalizer.
For example, of you see someone online who has tremendous artistic talent and you think to yourself, "I could never paint that well". That's just bad thinking, because if you devote time to it, if you practice it, you can overcome almost any lack of natural ability. It's easier if you have passion, but it can certainly be done if you're willing to devote time to it. I've seen it happen and I've experienced it myself.
Admit it, how often have you said to yourself, "I wish I was better at (fill-in-the-blank)"? Only to find you haven't spent any time on it. I've done that myself, more often than I'd like to admit. It really makes no sense. If you want to be better, you have to make time to become better.
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Since life is short, you may as well work on something that feeds your soul or your family or your passion and possibly all three. Make it a habit and it will happen. It's like magic. Leave me a note and let me know what you're passionate about and what your dreams are for a New Year.
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