We know the absolute value of it for our children. Practice, practice, practice. Math or music or handwriting. Memorizing, anything. Sports. Languages.
As adults, it seems harder to practice. Things move more along the lines of instant gratification, impatience for results, and, ultimately, abandonment of objectives. Hey, we’re busy people.
The thing is, though, practice makes some pretty damned amazing things possible, even for us grown-ups. There are things we think we can’t do that, in reality, just take practice.
I spent most of my life never having run a mile. Or a quarter mile. Never even really thought about running, or would have thought it was possible.
Until the day I wanted it enough that I started to practice.
Writing is like that, too. Writing – certainly good writing – does not just happen. It takes practice.
Meditation? When you finally, really practice, that’s when you begin to realize the effects.
There are about a zillion things to do on this amazing earth. Why settle for ‘same old, same old’ when we are capable of so much more if we just put in the effort? Practice.
Self talk is a practice, too. Either we’re telling ourselves every damned day that we can, that we’re capable, that we’re deserving, that we will, or we’re telling ourselves we’re not good enough, we can’t, and it’s impossible. That’s neuroplasticity at work. It’s learning. What would you rather teach yourself?
I am reminded of the power of practice in a drawing class I’ve been taking. It’s pretty basic stuff. We started off with the blind contour drawing, and we’re progressing with more detail and layers. Each time I am faced with the blank sheet of paper and the assigned exercise, I panic inside. I resist. “I can’t!”
But I can. It’s just a matter of practice. And it is so empowering to be reminded of that.
I have long believed it true: anything is possible. Commitment first. Then, practice.
What is it you are waiting to learn?