Kobe Bryant playing against a high school all-star or Jaime Hepp aka the Vanilla Mamba delivering a morning meeting versus a new leader. What’s the difference between an amateur and a professional? Better yet, how do you go from being mediocre, prospering to good, then excelling to great? We all know most people are satisfied with just being good, but the select few, the special ones, always strive to be great. Excelling at long term goals can be fickle. There are many factors that have to commence for greatness to happen, even so one thing is for sure, you can’t become great without a consistent regimen to keep you on the right path.
How many have seen the meme where the two guys are digging for the treasure and the one guy stops right before he gets to it and the other guy is still frantically digging, destined to reach the treasure. This paints the perfect analogy of getting discouraged before you become consistent. There are many trials; many versions of yourself that need to be flushed out before your final form is reached.
Da Vinci and Michelangelo each spent 4 years painting the Mona Lisa and Sistine Chapel. Most of us are not art connoisseurs but if you ever get a chance to take a closer look at those works, you can see how meticulous each man was with their art; how much thought and focus they must have put into each brush stroke to get it right. Also, knowing they would go through several versions before finishing the priceless work we see today.
Greatness doesn’t happen overnight. With the way the media is today you may see more of the process, but you can guarantee it did not manifest in the segment that it is being shown. As well, a mantra of patience should be a constant reminder particularly because we are so impatient. We need to remember that if Da Vinci could not paint the Mona Lisa in one try, then our discouragement should pale in comparison; and rather, we find ourselves making small ‘strokes’ to reach a larger masterpiece.