Whether you want to become a meditation guru or an expert painter, potter or pilates teacher, Jo Barnard reveals the steps can help you on the path to success.
No matter what you choose to practise, be it a chosen career, hobby or craft, there are three essential elements which, when blended, enable it to be highly successful and fulfilling. These elements make up the 3 Ps:
1 Practise: The first P stands for practise; in other words, repeatedly carrying out the actions that make up your chosen activity. For example, if you wish to be good at meditation, the first P is literally about making time to meditate, not just talking or thinking about it, but actually doing it regularly. If it’s something creative like drawing, painting, pottery or writing, the first P is to immerse yourself in the activity. If you enjoy working with plants or animals, go ahead and do it often – this is your practice. Basically, whatever you feel inspired to do, do it! It’s your calling, so get practising!
2 Patience: Instead of putting your main focus and energy on where you wished you were, simply continue with your practice and trust life will unfold at a pace that’s right for you. Granted, it’s also important to have clear intentions and to work towards dreams and goals, but placing your main focus on the practice will not only help you become more patient and accepting, it will also enable you to share your gifts with the world. Who knows where things may lead?! Look back for a moment and remember how far you’ve already come. Life is continually about learning and improving, but without patience, you would lose the motivation to practice, believing it wasn’t leading to anything productive, or doubting your skill.
3 Persistence. The third P is for persistence, i.e. to continue with your practice and not give up. Be committed to your work or craft, as this allows your gifts to develop. Persistence goes hand in hand with patience, and without it you would simply give up and therefore, lose sight of your practice.
All three of the above elements are of equal importance to a spiritual practice, whatever it may be, that’s successful and fulfilling. The old adage, ‘Practise makes perfect’ turns out to is pretty sound advice after all.