Practice does not make perfect.
Practice makes permanent.
Are you practicing the way you want to perform?
Knowing how to learn is one of the most valuable skills you can have, and I think it’s one that most people are worst at. A big part of learning is practice, and how you practice makes a huge difference in how fast and effectively you can learn something new.
I often get complacent in an area of my life and assume that as long as I’m putting in the time, things will turn out fine. It’s true that showing up puts one ahead of most people (sadly), but that’s not enough.
A key thing that applies to most endeavors is to find out what your bad habits or techniques are, and first eliminate those. Otherwise, you’re not only inefficient, but you put a cap on how much you’re going to be able to accomplish. This was nicely illustrated by another blogger in a recent post (warning: language).
The bottom line is that habits are powerful, and we’re always building them. If we’re not making a conscious effort to build good habits, we’re making an unconscious effort to build bad ones.
How are you practicing?