Tuesday, December 24, 2013


and you determine to make some changes.  Today a collector (has some eight paintings from over the years) came to pick up a  painting that was in Lay Away.  In a period of 5 months, Stan lost some 50 pounds by changing the way he thought about food and then following through his thought process with action.  He says there comes a time in life when you must make smart choices.  And, he determined that he was not going to live to eat, but that food was a means to life, just a fuel.  He knocked out sugars and does not have carbs after 2 or 3:00 in the afternoon, broils fish and chicken.  He hired a personal trainer for 5 months to make himself accountable to the personal trainer via pushed, technique improved, or even infuriated into motivation. He works out every morning before going to college class to teach in the music world.

He knows that practice makes perfect and that it takes 10,000 hours over a period of 10 years to truly become at the top of your skill level.  Practice can actually change the body.  And, perfecting skills in one area does not make you skillful in other  areas of life.  For instance a great Chess player may be able to remember hundreds of intricate moves in Chess and not have a great memory.  Short term intensity cannot change long term commitment.  The kind of practice is the key:  the kind that does not take NO for an answer, but says "dust yourself off and try again and again and again".

Few people have reached the top of their game, be it a stupendous pianist, great artist, or gymnast, who has not put in the 10,000 hours  of practice over 10 years.

Here is one of their many paintings:

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