I’ve been thinking a lot about the phrase “Practice Makes Perfect”. In fact I’ve been thinking about it so much I had to do a little research on the subject. It used to be said, “Use makes mastery,” but by 1560 it became “practice makes perfect.” Now it seems to be an overused cliche’ that doing something over and over again is the only way to learn and do it well.
We can probably all agree that practicing something over and over again makes us better at it but not necessarily perfect. So let’s forget about perfection for a moment and just focus on the practice part. Remember when you were a kid and your parents made you practice piano, gymnastics, baseball or basketball? Sometimes you even practiced because you wanted to and the more you practiced the better you become at it.
My question is why have so many us of just stop practicing when it comes to things we want?
Many of us would love to be wealthy but you can’t obtain wealth without strong and consistent money practices.
Money practices are tracking income daily or weekly, setting weekly or monthly goals, tracking expenses daily or weekly, setting spending limits, saying or writing daily money affirmations to change your mindset.
Many of us would love to be strong and fit but we have little or no fitness practice. We think we can pop into the gym three times a week and somehow walk out with a killer bod.
That’s not the case, it takes daily practice as well as diet changes (another area of practice).
Why do we not practice the things we really want but expect them to just work for us?
Right now if I tried to do a back handspring it would probably kill me. However, I could do them with ease when I was practicing.
I want to bring the simple art of practicing back to our lives. We have to change the way we think and create new beliefs to change the outcomes we our looking for.
If I want my business to grow then I need to practice doing whatever it takes to make it grow daily. If I want to get in shape and eat better then I have to practice that daily. If I want to be a writer I have practice writing daily.
Some of these things you may not feel like doing daily or weekly. Just remember whatever you pay attention to, focus on, and practice, improves.
Practice creates progress (forward movement).
Practice makes positive (practice is certain in its’ action).
Practice makes productive (practice yields, results, benefits or profits).
I would love to hear what areas you pick and how often you plan to practice.
Grab my Free Practice Worksheet to use as your guide!