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Building the Muscle
The end product is always enviable. The path one needs to walk to get there is not.
If I asked you to randomly pick up a 20Kg dumb-bell you may or may not be able to pick it up. If you do, you would certainly end up injuring your back; unless of course, you have been working out and been practising lifting for a while now.
In the same way, if you were thrust on stage and given a topic to speak about, “Anxiety in today’s world”. I am sure you need not be eminently qualified to speak on the subject, but if you have had no experience of speaking impromptu, you are more likely to make a fool of yourself rather than deliver.
When I recently posted that I had managed to write 100 blogs in 2020, many pinged me back asking me how I managed it? Some even asked for tips on how to do it?
It is a muscle you need to work it.
Getting on a workout regime is hard, sticking with it is even harder. Getting on a diet it hard, not breaking it is even harder. But as you keep doing it day after day, it just becomes a habit.
I am sure nobody has ever asked anybody - Hey how do you manage to ‘take a dump’ every day? All 365 days! Wow! Inspire me to do the same!
You could replace take a dump with brush your teeth, take a shower, eat, or myriad other activities that you do every day. You just put aside a little bit of time to do it. It could be 10, 20, 30 or 60 minutes. It is the pre-meditated allocation that is not even open for question. You just need to do a thing over and over, if you want to learn something new.
If you want to build muscle work on it 10 minutes every day. As you see results, putting in that work becomes easier. Soon it becomes a part of who you are.
Discipline is not an overnight transformation. It is many small steps taken repeatedly.
Or as Bruce Lee more aptly put it - I am not afraid of he who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, I am afraid he who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.