Most people live their entire lives without becoming what they really wanted to. Their lives are full of wish lists – ‘I want to learn how to swim like a champ, ‘I want to learn to drive well’, ‘I wish I was a pro at tennis’, ‘I wish I could tell jokes better’. Everyone has these lists, which accumulate over time and eventually end up becoming our ‘bucket lists’. So how do you do it? How do you become the best at what you do? Is it possible to be the best? Yes, it is. Here’s how :
The two things that will take you to the top of the game are ability and intent. If you possess both of these qualities in accomplishing a task, you will be an unstoppable force. However, before you begin counting the laurels adorning your head, there are some things you need to do to get there. No one said this was going to be easy.
First comes ability
You need to introspect and figure out what are your true capabilities regarding a certain activity. For example, if you want to become a good orator and a master of speaking, you need to have at least some background of speech, vocabulary and knowledge of language. Starting from scratch will be very difficult and will take a long time. However, if you have a penchant for speaking in public functions or ceremonies, and grasped the basic knowledge of elocution, then you’re halfway there. Gaining knowledge or acquiring a skill is never futile. One never knows where or when they will be needed until that day arrives.
Next comes intent
Intent, passion or willpower, has the potential of negating everything I have just said about ability. A person with a strong intent to complete something or to become the best at it will not leave a single stone unturned in the path to greatness. Such a person will go to any length required to get where he or she wants to be. Being passionate about whatever it is you want to do gives you motivation, inspiration and the energy to carry on and see it through. I guess it would be better to say that ability will give you a good head start. Okay. So you have decided that you have the intent and you possess the ability. Now what next?
Practice, practice and some more practice. Our parents and teachers have flooded our minds by saying ‘Practice makes Perfect’ in our childhood. And if we had listened to them then or knew what it was they meant, we would already be great at everything we do. Yes, they were speaking the truth! Practising your skill or honing your abilities will make the most difficult tasks seem effortless. Make a habit out of it. Work at the task intensely for a while, putting your entire focus and energy into it. Then take a much deserved break, to re-energize and recharge yourself. Once you have formed this habit, no task will seem daunting or unachievable.
The fact remains that the saying is true “you can be anything you want to be”. If only we can have the same faith in ourselves that our parents had in us, some still do, then we will see that we can do and be just about anything we want to. Keep at it no matter how long it takes. It will be worth it in the long run.
Remember, the road to excellence is steep, and you have to work your way up with sweat and tears, but once you’re there, the view is excellent.