So I read the article below – and wondered – do most Christians ever want to become really good at something, anything, related to God and their faith? I write knowing that many profess a great desire to know their Bible, to love God more fully…yeah the list goes on – but where is the grit and determination, where is the perseverance, the giving every last drop of energy in your body, where is the passion?
There is an amazing verse in Hebrews 12:4:
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
So I know that I am preaching to the choir – I really dont care – I care about the reputation of my lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and the fact that my own (and those of may others who confess his name) fall woefully short of anything that might be described as ‘shedding blood’ in a bloody minded passion for him.
One of Churchill’s greatest speeches supposedly goes:
“Never give up. Never give up. Never, never, never.”
Sounds almost biblical doesn’t it?
Taken from Zen Habits, [http://zenhabits.net/2009/11/the-only-way-to-become-amazingly-great-at-something/]
The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something
Find your passion, and then pour yourself into it.
“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” – Albert Einstein
Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter.
Very often you’ll see blog posts or books teaching you to “master” a skill in only 10 days, or 3 days … in fact, it used to be 30 days but the time frame to master something seems to be shrinking rapidly.
I’ve even seen tutorials claiming to teach a skill in just a few hours. Pretty soon we’ll be demanding to know how to do something in seconds.
Instant mastery of skills and knowledge! Hey presto!
Unfortunately, the reality is something a little less magical. Or maybe that’s a fortunate thing.
There’s only one way to become good at something:
1. First, you must learn it by reading or listening to others who know how to do it, but most especially by doing.
2. Then do some more. At this point, you’ll start to understand it, but you’ll suck. This stage could take months.
3. Do some more. After a couple of years, you’ll get good at it.
4. Do some more. If you learn from mistakes, and aren’t afraid to make mistakes in the first place, you’ll go from good to great.
It takes anywhere from 6-10 years to get great at something, depending on how often and how much you do it. Some estimate that it takes 10,000 hours to master something, but I think it varies from person to person and depends on the skill and other factors.