I don’t remember when I first heard this phrase but, I feel it’s always been in the back of my mind.
I comes down to having a vision for who you want to be. I think most of us have that vision. I think it’s one of the main things that separate us from animals. I doubt a turtle wakes up in the morning and thinks “how can I be a better turtle today than I was yesterday?”.
Having this vision is important…really important. Because that’s the goal we are aiming to achieve. That’s the Long Game.
Working towards achieving the Long Game won't produce immediate results. They gradually happen over time. Often a loooong time.
If your priorities are based on instant gratification (which usually don’t produce sustainable results), you’’re playing the Short Game.
The Long Game is, staying focused on your true priorities, being a good steward of your time, not letting immediate gratification distract you and just getting the work done. Just do the work.
You already know what to do. You don’t need to watch another motivational video or read another book or even read this blog. As Nike relentlessly says-Just DO It.
No one ever accomplished anything perennial by playing the Short Game.
Be patient. Stay humble. Work hard. Play the Long Game. I guarantee you will never regret it. The Short Game can't promise this.
"Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained" - Proverbs 29:18
This is “250 College Drive” from my first solo album “The Pilgrimage of Thingamuhjig”. It features Mike Elsner on Guitar, Dave Filice on Bass and guest guitar wizard Richie Kotzen playing the middle solo.
250 College Drive was the address of the Elementary School I went to-Salem Academy. There, I started playing drums in the 6th grade band. My Long Game started then…and continues today.
Stay Focused and Practice with Purpose,