Keep doing what you do.
Yeap, it’s that simple.
Isn’t is always that way, though? The most mind-boggling concerns are really those possessing the most fundamental, easy solutions. Most of the time, we are so caught up in the complexity of attaining whatever it is that we want, that we have our “panic goggles” on.
I first stumbled upon this concept about a year ago. I was reading a great boxing article that articulated the following:
If you want to be better at boxing, you have to box.
You don’t get better at boxing by running, jumping rope, or even hitting the bag. Yes, these are all essential tools in the right direction; however, a fighter will truly only gain fighting skills by fighting.
I have used this concept as a template for almost everything else that I consider worthwhile in my life. Because, it works. Simple.
It doesn’t matter what you are:
You will only gain those skill sets by doing that which you do. This can be a refreshing and even intimidating reality for some. It might, to some, communicate a prolonged period of time before true success comes their way.
I know I felt this urgency when I first began writing at my New York web design firm. While I knew that writing was something I wanted to do, and something I thought I did well, this whole web design game was like walking off a plane in Timbuktu. I thought,
Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.
I was most definitely overwhelmed with the various tasks requested of me. Everything from blogging, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), article writing, brief project management, and the gamut were expected- not to mention communicating everything in the proper language to the web designer, web developer, and the rest of the team.
My “panic goggles” were certainly in full effect. However, I reverted back to the boxing article and took an exhilarating dive right in.
In time, my skills began to become more refined depending on how frequently and invested I became in the respective task. My blogging, for instance, only got better after researching other professionals in my field, analyzing what/how they did what they did, and using it as a model for my own skill set.
So, in short:
If you want to get better at what you do – Keep doing what you do! 🙂