The idea is simple: If you want to get good at something, do that thing 1,000 times.
That’s really all there is to it, but there are a few guidelines. First, decide if the thing you want to do is worth doing over and over. Let’s face it, if you’re new to whatever it is, you’re going to suck at it for a while. Make sure that you’re doing it because it’s who you want to be, because if there’s any money or recognition coming your way, it won’t be for a long time, so make peace with that.
Next, come up with your own personal guide for what “counts” toward your 1,000 works. This is totally up to you, so long as each work is mindful. For example, if you want to be good at running, decide to run 1,000 miles. Something like that would be very simple to keep track of; there are plenty of devices and apps that count your miles for you. Or if you want to be good at cooking, decide to cook 1,000 meals. You can say it’s okay to cook the same recipe and have it count, since you still improve each time. Details like that are totally up to you. Remember though, if you cheat, you’re only cheating yourself, so try your best.
Finally, don’t forget to document and share your progress! It’s always fun to look back and see how you’ve improved, and there are loads of people who would love to cheer you on! I want to be able to throw my hands in the air when I’ve finished my thousandth painting, and be able to say I’ve finally made it. I bet you’d enjoy feeling that way after your thousandth work, too.