[WIWIK Series] What I Wish I Knew…About The Work (Part 4) – Practice
As a child, I played piano for 6 years. Every week, I only practiced 15 minutes before going to my weekly lesson to look like I did some work. It worked fine for me.
However, when the annual concert came, I obviously couldn’t «just wing it» anymore and it felt like I had to start from scratch. Oops! I thought I was good, but all my confidence disappeared as I couldn’t get the results I wanted without having put in the work. Oh well.
I wish I learned then that gametime is not the time to start practicing. It is the time to use your practiced skills.
The same happens when managing your mind.
Periods of high anxiety are not the time to start meditating. You practice meditation in order to prepare for periods of high anxiety.
Right before getting on stage is not the time to start visualizing. You practice visualization so that you are able to raise your vibrations and get into a great mood right before getting on stage.
The idea of practice gives you space for error, tweaks, great days, bad days, and growth.
All of those things are feedback for you to learn, readjust, experience and get better.
Mistakes are not personal, they are feedback.
Nobody you look up to – literally no one – got to mastery without practice.
On a daily basis, how relieving is the idea that you don’t need to have it perfect?
How good is it to know that all the steps you are taking now, no matter how small or how seemingly disastrous, are all being put to use as part of a bigger vision?
As a recovering perfectionist, putting my worth on the line every time I was trying something, I didn’t understand how much mental power it took to aim for perfection as the first step.
When I understood the idea of practice – I started to give myself some grace.
That grace helped me to keep going, and only then could I get better.
After all, it was out there all that time: Practice makes perfect. Overthinking doesn’t.
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A series of short articles demystifying many of the misconceptions that you may have about what your personal development journey should look like and what is truly possible for you.
In a world where people mostly only talk about their success – let’s talk about the process.
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