Sometimes it’s hard to see growth in our own skills and talents. Still, I guarantee that if you practice your craft regularly, growth is happening. The key is to worry less and do more.

I started playing guitar in my mid-20s. For the first year or two it felt like I’d never be able to play smoothly. I was learning plenty of chords and a few scales, but it still sounded choppy and out of time. I kept playing every day for several years. I got better, but I reached a point where it felt like I’d stopped growing. I kept playing. I got better. That’s how it works.

Here’s what’s going on when it feels like we’ve plateaued. We’re watching ourselves too closely. It’s like watching the grass grow. If you sit in your backyard and stare at it all day you won’t see the growth. If you wait a week, you’ll need to mow your lawn.

Since starting this new site in August, it feels like things are becoming stale. I’m not seeing what I envisioned. Yet, I know, it takes time for growth to take place. And I have grown as a writer and artist in the past six months. I continue to hone my writing to create shorter, more succinct essays. I’m slowly experimenting with spoken word and photography.

I still have a vision. As I continue here, I’ll slowly post less often, but I’ll add more visuals and audio creating a more complete experience. All in due time my friends. I promise that growth is happening. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.