02 May Mastering the Art of Practice
In this blog, we’ll discuss about practice and the practice of practice. We will also explore how doing the little things consistently can help move you toward your goal, and how practice itself is a discipline that can be developed and improved upon.
Interestingly, we can even practice the practice of practice itself, enabling us to become more efficient learners and better equipped to tackle challenges. As we explore various activities that can foster this discipline such as yoga, meditation, juggling, and hand balancing, we can recognise that these practices are not finite and that there’s no end line.
However, there’s no such thing as a perfect meditator or holding a perfect handstand because the handstands just get longer and longer, and you can only become more and more balanced. You can just turn it into a one-hand handstand exception, and the same is true with juggling.
If you want to practice the practice of practice, choose an activity or exercise that you can do for five minutes every day. This can also be applied in other areas. Doing this practice daily makes the tough things easier to do because you become the person who will just do things every day.
Some people might say, “Well, I don’t like meditation. It’s too hard.” Nevertheless, it was also difficult when we were learning to walk, but we still did it. If we approach things with a childlike curiosity, then we can achieve our goals. A child does not sit and say, “Oh, I’m crap at this. I’m not going to do it again.” Instead, they just keep trying and going.
Unfortunately, this is the problem that we face now with social media because people only see the end product. They don’t see how much work has gone into someone’s sixty-second reel, all the things that happen on the backend, or the amount of training that influencers have done with their six-pack abs, etc. They just see the perfect end product, and that product is the result of nothing more than practice.
In conclusion, mastering the art of practice is about committing to consistent effort, being patient with yourself, and finding joy in the process. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks or the illusion of perfection that social media can create. Remember, every expert was once a beginner who practiced consistently. So, what activity will you choose to practice today? Start small, but start now.
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