Okay, so we watch a lot of sports at our house. I've seen documentaries about players, movies about teams, and more football games than I care to admit. True, half the time I don't know where the ball is, but there's something inspiring about sports.
And I think that something is work.
I teach elementary school typing. It's a fine motor skill that's hard for some kids. I teach several writing classes. In an attempt to help those who struggle in typing and as part of most of my presentations, there's one thing I do.
I tell them how much work it takes to get good at something. How if you want to become a good typist, or a good soccer player, or a good trumpeter, you have to practice. A lot.
I tell them that Steve Young didn't show up on the field one day and win the Super Bowl MVP.
I tell them that Michael Phelps didn't wake up one morning and say, "I think I'll go to the Olympics and win eight gold medals."
We can't expect that we'll show up in front of the keyboard and type perfectly or quickly. Or that we can just go to the games on Saturday and score all the goals.
So we certainly shouldn't think that we'll be able to sit down at our laptops and write the next bestseller.
It takes a lot more work than that.
Writing is like sports or typing. The more you practice, the better you'll get. You just have to be willing to put in the work.
So are you ready to put in the work?