It is better to practice a little, than to talk a lot – Muso Soseki
Getting good at something is simple – All it takes is practice.
Why then do so many people struggle to reach their goals? Why do so many people fall by the wayside, while the minority achieve what they set out to accomplish?
Practice is boring
Repeating a task over and over again can become monotonous and after some time it may feel as though you’re not making any progress at all. If this is the case, try the following:
- Download an app to track your progress
- keep a spreadsheet and graph your journey
- film yourself performing the task each month and monitor your improvements
- have a friend or family member evaluate your development.
Practice is hard
Practice can be hard, however nothing great can be produced from your comfort zone. If what you’re working towards truly matters, you’ll be willing to put in the hard yards and practice everyday, getting incrementally better with each effort.
Make practice fun by setting goals and rewarding your achievements. Compete with a friend to add comradery. Break down larger objectives into small chunks and tackle one piece at a time.
It takes a long time to get better
In today’s world of instant gratification, we expect and demand immediate results. The truth is, to get good at anything worthwhile you need to put in the time.
The world’s brightest minds and biggest achievers know this well. That’s why they make it their life’s work to become the best in their field. Whether you’re trying to get better at baking cupcakes or writing computer code, it’s going to take a long time.
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway – Earl Nightingale
When I built my business’s first website, it was ugly, clunky and hard to navigate. I continued to practice and now it’s much more aesthetically pleasing and easier to use.
When I started my cleaning business I barely knew how to clean my own home. I got better through practice and now command a high price for a top quality service.
When I started this blog I had no idea how to structure, tag or categorize posts let alone string a few sentences together. However, I’m practicing and slowly improving.
No matter what you’re trying to get better at, the secret to success is practice, practice, practice….