Donny GoinesI just finished watching the rough draft of my latest video for “I Am Moving” and it’s amazing to me how far I’ve come. The concept of the video basically displays “progression” and I think it really describes the mood I’m in at the moment. Looking back at all I’ve accomplished in such a short span of time (less then three years), I can’t help but to feel proud of myself.

Something I notice with people (not just artists) is that many of them are complacent in life. They never aspire to do more then whatever is it they are doing and seem to be content with staying in the same position. Honestly, I have no idea why. I look at some people around my neighborhood, for instance, and I see it all the time. Some of them have been living on that same block, working at the same job and doing the same exact thing for decades. Literally. It baffles me because I ask myself “How can this person be happy if he or she doesn’t make any progress in life?” This same problem can be paralleled to this game. Personally, I think many artists out there tend to fall into a “comfort zone” (as I like to call it), which can make them lazy. I also think that many artists, although they say they want certain things in life, really don’t put forth the effort needed in order to make progress. I, on the other hand, would go INSANE if I didn’t see any progression and truthfully it’s one of the few things that keep me going.

Progression is something that you need to strive for. Without it, what would fuel your fire? If you have ever been in a race or competition, which requires endurance, this analogy will make sense to you. When I was in boot camp, I remember we had to do something called “Battle Stations” in order to graduate. This was essentially a 24 hour mission based exercise where we would run from station to station completing different tasks. It was quite possibly one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life and as I was doing it, I thought I would NEVER finish. The only thing that keeps me going, honestly, was the progress I was making as I went along. Every time I completed one task, I made it closer and closer to my goal, which was to finish boot camp and that gave me the incentive to keep going. Eventually, I completed all my tasks and accomplished my goal. I treat this game no differently.

With every award, every article and every write up I receive, I am inching closer and closer towards the finish line and it’s motivating me. Although I get very tired and exhausted at times, I look back and see how far my starting point is in the distance and I realize that my dreams are coming true. I am making progress and that is giving me the strength and motivation to move forward. You have to think the same way. Whatever drives you, no matter how minuscule you have to use it. When you achieve those small victories, you will see that eventually, the war can be won. Progression is the driving force for any successful person and you should be no different. Remember that the next time you feel like giving up or get tired. As long as you are making progress, you can succeed.

As for my video, this is the third one I’ve shot with my boy Don Hankins. Thanks to him, Justin Miller and Miles Aaron, people can see my progress visually, but even more importantly, I can see it. Much love and God Bless.

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