I find mastery inspiring. Masters of their craft from elite athletes, woodworkers, musicians, and everyone in between have a certain disposition, a dedication to perfection. I think it is the willingness and the perseverance to not give up until that perfection has been attained that sets these individuals apart from the herd.
The internet is a beautiful and dangerous thing. Within networks an abundance of individuals who are creating and accomplishing unparalleled feats. I find this both helpful and hurtful. Helpful that they are inspiring and hurtful because I have a hard time imagining myself every coming close to their capability. Two things to take away from this. One, its all about the details, more specifically the organization and understanding of the details. Two, the mental aspect; performance always has a mental component and it usually has a greater impact than we want to give it credit. The mind is where pain is exists and dealing with it hurts. It is the perseverance to push through until every detail is taken care of that sets the masters apart. In respect to their efforts, the pain is not a hurdle but a necessity, a battle within themselves which provides the environment for their craft to be executed at such an elevated level.
The reality of most motivational and self-help literature on the internet is extremely hard to live up to. It must be taken with a grain of salt. At the end of the day we’re all just human. At times we will struggle to find motivation, or get out of bed, or do the work we love. Don’t be too hard on yourself, take a break, your focus will come back around. The important thing is that you keep trying, keep pushing. No giving up. Keep creating. The world, and You will be better for it.