This is a slightly different post today. I wanted to think about processes: how you get to where you want to be, and what you have to do to get there. It can apply for writing, but it can apply for so many other things too, such as sports, school work, personal skills etc.
No matter what you decide to start in life, whether it be a new hobby or a new job, there always seems to be that one person who just gets it. Who, for some strange reason, is naturally absolutely amazing at what they are doing. It’s hard not to feel envious of this person and watch them have it so easy whilst you struggle to find your bearings.
But, for me, I think knowing how I work – with any new thing I attempt to start – is a big help. I’m definitely not one of those people who is naturally good at anything. My process involves me doing things over and over again, and when everybody else around you seems to be succeeding whilst you make little (if any) progress, it can get incredibly frustrating. I’ve been doing archery since September, and watching everybody go up in scores whilst I’ve remained stuck has been somewhat awful. It’s only recently I’ve really started to see progress, and even then consistency is a long way off.
However as frustrated as I may get, I know that this is just how I work. This is my process. In order to get anywhere, I will have to do it over and over again. I think it’s this which has made me quite a dedicated and motivated person in some respects. It makes me who I am.
I’m not sure I will ever have a natural flair for something. If I do, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it whilst it lasts. But at the end of the day, it’s doing things over and over again which will make me successful. So, I’ll let myself feel envious, but only for a moment. Then I’ll simply get back to what I’m doing, and try again.
What’s your process?