“I used to play sports. Then I realized you can buy trophies. Now I am good at everything.” — Demetri Martin
You’re sitting around and talking with your friends about music. You mention that you’ve always wanted to play the guitar.
Your friends encourage you so you buy a beautiful semi-hollow Les Paul and sign up for lessons.
During the first lesson you learn a lot but unfortunately you’re swamped at work. Plus you want to hang out with your friends so you show up to the next lesson unprepared.
You explain it to the teacher who tells you she understands and you work on some other things. Next week comes around and now you’ve got some reports to fill out which drains you brain. Again the guitar will have to wait.
The pattern continues to repeat week in and week out. The only time you actually pick up the guitar is for your lessons or to show your friends when they come over.
If you’re being completely honest with yourself, are you actually learning to play the guitar? Or are you just buying the feeling that you are?
I find this to be the case for some people. While it’s understandable, it’s a complete waste of time. The reason they seek out coaches, mentors, teachers, etc is to have some tangible evidence that they’re fulfilling their dreams.
One day they’re going to be the people telling stories about: “I used to coulda…”
If you’re finding excuses for why you aren’t practicing or doing what needs to be done, you’re just wasting everybody’s time and money.
Do you recognize this behavior? Do you know people who do this? Do you or did you do it yourself? How did you overcome it?
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