So you want to get better?

What does the following things have in common? being good at basketball, being good at any craft be it public speaking, art, music and so on. It all takes tremendous practice. Practice! Practice! Practice! It seems obvious but for some reason or the other we don’t do it. What can help is our ability to discipline yourself. As one of favorite motivational speaker Brian Tracy said
“Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should so, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”
If we need to get good at anything, the more hours we put into it the better we get. I remember the first time I started using my stylus for Photoshop, it seemed hopeless. This is someone who has always been used to drawing on a piece of paper while looking at the paper as opposed to drawing while looking at the screen and not my hands. It was a nightmare, but my goal was I want to learn to learn Photoshop and this was a skill I needed to learn. So I watched a couple of YouTube videos and started practicing. Now everything is now muscle memory and am happy I stuck with it.
To get good at anything you need to practice a lot. Below are some of my recommendations to help you get into the habit of practice
  1. Set up a specific place and time.
  2. Set up a specific place and let your environment encourage you to practice.
  3. Remind yourself of why you started in the first place.
  4. Practice whether you feel like it or not, you will have days that you may do a lot and you will have days where you do little, either way do something. I have days that I feel tired or not motived, on those days I draw a couple of lines and call it a day. However in most cases the few lines lead to actual work being done. Just because I started.
  5. Get inspiration from your mentors.
Below is a value study I did recently, yeah! yeah! She may not look like who she is supposed to be but I learnt something a lot about values and practiced a lot in the process of drawing it.
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