Tonight I was reminded of the importance of repeating fundamentals in any discipline to maintain the opportunity to be great, or at least to improve.
Most great accomplishments are the result of doing little things faithfully over a long time.
- For a pianist, the little things include scales and arpeggios.
- For a runner, the little things include hydrating and stretching.
- For a journalist, the little things include listening and questioning.
You have disciplines, whether you see them as that or not. You may have the discipline of being a student, or being a mother, or being an employee, or being a dancer. When we stop to think about all areas of our lives, we maintain many disciplines. Sounds tiring. Hard to maintain.
So what keeps us honed, sharp, improving, growing? Not ignoring the fundamentals. Practice, practice, practice.
You want to be a faithful employee? Show up on time. Meet the deadline. Say thank you.
You want to be a faithful husband? Take your wife out on a date. Ask her what needs to be done around the house. Give her a kiss right now.
You want to be a faithful follower of Christ? Talk with God about other things besides your plate of food. Read His letter to you as often as you can. Talk with others about your faith in God.
We all desire to be great or at least moving in a forward direction. Remember the fundamentals of your discipline. Practice, practice, practice.