It’s not what you do some of the time that counts, it’s what you do all of the time that counts.
Sometime versus all of the time. Do versus do not. It is really that simple. Do something all of the time consistently but not necessarily that well and you will live among the stars. Do nothing or only some of the time and you’ll be stuck in mud and regret not pushing more.
You have a decision to make, and make no mistake about it, it’s all up to you.
What happens on the outside is intimately connected to what is happening on the inside. Your thoughts and your daily actions will determine your future. How you live your life. How much time you spend on what you want in life bears quiet testimony as to what is really going on. What you do and say when no one is watching.
If you watch a lot of television, for example, you have resigned yourself to what is and do not believe you can accomplish anymore that you’ve already have. Not that you don’t dream about it. You play the lottery and you have sudden flights of inspiration. You have those some of the time moments but in the end watching talking shadows on your television screen speaks loudly as to where you’re going to be.
You’re either watching life take place or you’re actively leading it. It’s that simple. You either act, or you will be acted upon. In you wait for your lucky break, your odds are astronomically high. It is impossible to be discovered, especially now since everyone is an author, a musician, and a self proclaimed expert. But lets just imagine for the moment that you’re really that lucky. You have a field of four leaf cloves in your back yard, and a rainbow hangs over your home every time it rains.
Let’s just say you are finally discovered or inherit millions of dollars, and you finally stare down the opportunity to be who you want to be and do what you want to do. What do you think will happen? How long do you think any of it will last if you have no real investment or tangible commitment to anything in the first place. This is why we care a lot more what happens to our family and our neighbours, than we do what happens to strangers across the ocean. We are not uncaring. We are just distant. Spending time all of the time with someone is ultimately more impactful than only some of the time or none at all.
This is why you have to practice what you want every day. You have to write every day. Be a gourmet chef every day. Practice your cello every day. Practice your yoga all the time. Be present for your family and friends. Be involved in your world all of the time.
What you do all of the time will define you. No matter how well you do it at first, if you stick with it, you can’t help but make an impact on the world around you. Sometimes pales in comparison to all of the time.
Your work doesn’t have to be long, but it has to be consistent, and you have to be dedicated.