If You Want to Be, Do
This simple, yet powerful quote packs a punch of inspiration. This quote is partially responsible for inspiring me to start a daily vlog on YouTube.
I first saw this quote on an Instagram post by John Lee Dumas, a daily podcaster. John was holding up a handwritten sign that said, “If you want to be, do”. The caption below went something like this:
2001 days ago I knew I wanted to be a podcaster.
I wasn’t a podcaster.
So what did I do?
A podcast every day for the last 2000 days.
― John Lee Dumas, Podcast host of Entrepreneurs On Fire
I admire the simplicity of John’s logic. He wanted to be a podcaster, so what did he do? He started podcasting.
This logic can be applied to virtually any aspiration. If you want to be a blogger, start blogging. If you want to be a podcaster, start podcasting. If you want to be a vlogger, start vlogging.
How to Start a Daily Vlog
If you want to be a daily vlogger, daily vlog. Plain and simple. Pick up a camera and start filming your first vlog right now. Tomorrow, film another one. And the next day, film yet another one.
It’s probably going to be a rough start. When I look back at some of my earliest daily vlogs, I cringe. But at the same time, I compare these early vlogs to the vlogs that I am currently producing and I celebrate. I celebrate because I see the progress that I have made since then.
Not only that, but I am excited for the future. I know that the daily vlogs I release a month or a year from now will be leaps and bounds better than those from present day.
Practice Makes Perfect
You are bound to improve at something the more you do it. By definition, regular exercise of an activity or skill is the way to become proficient in it.
Am I an expert vlogger? Absolutely not.
Am I a better vlogger than I was yesterday? You bet I am.
By practicing vlogging every single day, I am steadily getting better at it. While I am becoming more comfortable speaking in front of the camera, my video editing skills are improving.
Consistency is Key
I am a huge advocate of daily. If you want to get good at something, do it daily.
Anything less than daily is drastically delaying how quickly you’ll master the art. Put it this way, if you vlog once a week, it will take you 7 years to produce the same amount of vlogs that you would if you vlog daily.
Think about that. In just a year of doing something every single day, you will be 7 times ahead of someone who does that same thing once a week.
The best part is, by doing something everyday, a habit will eventually form. It is in our human nature to seek routine, and this soon-to-be habit will become routine. The initial hurdle is getting that habit to stick, and that’s where most people give up too early.
If you want to be, do.
Then do it again.