Practice Does Not Make Perfect

Despite what you may have been told, practice does not make perfect. I know what you are thinking–“How can I say such a thing?” Our teachers told us that, our parents told us that, our mentors told us that, and they were all wrong. We have been lied to, although unintentionally, it is time to set the record straight.

Perfect practice makes perfect and there is no point in practicing anything you aren’t passionate about. If you aren’t passionate about what you are doing you will never have the drive it takes to get good at what you are doing. Let me explain. If you wanted to swim like Michael Phelps you wouldn’t grab a golf club and hit the course with a PGA pro instructor. You would find the best swim coach money could buy and you would head to the pool. That would be called “perfect” practice. But, if you hate the water and you want to swim like Michael Phelps because you want the notoriety and fame that goes with the name, don’t bother getting in the water. No matter how much you practice or who your coach is, you will never be a great swimmer. You will learn to swim, but you will not be an Olympian.

You may ask, what does this have to do with you. Why this subject? I find it very fitting for this time of year, a time of resolve. Why do so many of us set a goal and then try to achieve it through indirect methods or pick a goal that we aren’t passionate about?

When we fail to reach our goals we feel as if we are a failure. Let me start by saying that when we fail, we are not a failure. You can never be a failure. Failing is the universes’ way of telling us there is a better way. It is a way of polishing the diamond that you are.

What I am about to say applies to any goal you set for yourself. We are not born into greatness, we make ourselves great. We have all heard the stories of countless people who were told they would never succeed at what they were trying to accomplish and yet they went on to greatness.

What did all these famous failures have in common? One word, Passion! All of these people had a passion for what they wanted to achieve. They were not willing to take no for an answer. They loved what they were doing and were willing to do anything to achieve success.

As we close in on 2013 we all will undoubtedly set new goals for ourselves. This year, as you think about what it is you want to accomplish, think about your passion. When you set a goal, ask yourself if that goal is something you are passionate about. How do you know? I like to ask myself this, “Is this something I want so badly I am willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it?” Is it something that no matter what obstacles life throws at me I will persevere….if it is then go for it from the heart and watch yourself succeed. I will be sharing a few of my goals with you in an upcoming post. I encourage you to share with the community. What better way to share your passion then in a community of friends. Have a wonderful holiday season!