How much time does the athlete actually compete on the gravel in the 50 yard dash in a career? Maybe fifteen minutes total, if that.
The surfer stands on his board no longer than a few seconds per wave. Most of his or her time, the surfer is paddling against the ocean. In a season, the average surfer has probably stood on the board for under an hour.
One of the truisms I have found, especially among those who are expected to perform, is that so little of our time is actually spent doing what it is we say we do.
How can you master the form if you are spending most of your time and energy simply positioning yourself?
To master the form, whatever it is, you must be in form.
You must be constantly doing what it is you set out to do. Our muscles must have the memory.
You cannot go to an audition, perform only for thirty seconds, and expect to be Laurence Olivier, no more than you can expect to be Usain Bolt if you only run when it’s time to compete.
You must be the actor, the athlete, the artist - outside of the ring.
One day of longboard skating gives you more time training your mind and muscles to surf, than a season of surfing itself actually does.
Performing at a children’s birthday party gives you more practice role playing than 10 auditions as an actor.
And what is the result? Practice creates instincts, first nature. But it's not just practice. It's being what you say you are, at every opportunity.
It’s not enough to say you are an actor, a filmmaker, a teacher, an athlete.
You must constantly be in form, you must constantly be that which you say you are.
If you are an actor, you must role play.
If you are a filmmaker, you must tell stories.
If you are a teacher, you must have students.
Your time doing this should be mostly done outside of the ring, since you will have so little time inside the ring.
So, let's just say the ring, the competition, the classroom, the audition is your reward for already being what you already do.
Whatever it is you say you do, the question remains: Are you actually doing it?
The Journey Continues