There is some truth to this statement, think long and hard about it. Actors are constantly working with coaches, running lines, fine-tuning their performances. Musicians are always working their voices, fiddling with their instruments, working out the kinks in a new song. Athletes are ALWAYS practicing, it’s called training if you are an athlete, but really, it’s the same thing – they are getting stronger, learning new moves or plays.
So if people in each of those groups are always working toward their goals, to achieve their dream, to become successful; why shouldn’t us, the layman do the same?
When it comes to trying to improve ourselves, practice is the key. Now, if calling it practice reminds you too much of childhood traumas where you may have had something forced upon you to fulfill your parents dreams or maybe a school requirement, never fear, there are many other names you can call it!
I am a big fan of training. I am a runner, or at least I like to think I am one. I mean, I run, therefore, I am a runner right? The best way to refocus your plan can be a simple rephrasing of what you are looking to do; word choice, ultimately, can frame your thoughts. So if the word practice doesn’t trigger any motivation, try a synonym.
For me, training (aka practicing) is a habit-forming activity. If I can turn my running into a habit, then it’s no longer something I am practicing or training, it’s a fully formed part of my life. It’s another thing I get to do each day; another hobby or activity that I get to look forward to today.
Maybe that is your viewpoint – your activity is your hobby and a hobby is often something we truly enjoy. Now professional athletes, celebrities, they have perfected their hobby. Many may have started because it was an activity they enjoyed practicing; it was a hobby they were good at and make a part of the life to practice, train, study, prep, ect.
In theory, if I (or anyone), can train enough, we can achieve whatever our goals may be; mine, for the next 3 – 6 months are to get back to the race pace I was at when I ran the 2016 NYC Marathon. Have you figured out what you will be practicing or training towards? Have you set your goal, have you set your final focus?
Be it writing, fitness, learning new things or skills, becoming more proficient in technology, improving your interpersonal skills, growing your baking or cooking skills; the trick is to just keep on doing, restart as often as possible, but never fully give up.