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What are you practicing?

My whole life has been a practice. From the moment I decided to start walking to my first time on stage to my work with my clients everything I do is practice. Often times I hear people equate practice with an outcome. "I'm practicing for a performance" "I'm practicing this step so it becomes perfect". This isn't necessarily bad, but it misses the point of practice.

Practice is not something you do sometimes to get a certain result at an arbitrary time in the future. Practice is "how you do things consistently in life for the purpose of daily improvement".

Now here is where things get tricky. We can practice things that aren't good for us and we will get better at doing those things that aren't good for us.

Let's say you eat ice cream at night routinely between the hours of 7pm and 10pm. If you practice this action for long enough you will get really good at eating ice cream at night. So good in fact that if you try to stop you will feel like you are failing yourself because you are stopping this practice.

Now let's say instead of eating ice cream each night you change your nightly practice to reading a book. You will eventually get so good at reading books that it will bring you immense joy to read.

So the question is, what practices do you have in your life that are helping you and which ones are hurting you?

After reading this I want you to really think about what you are good at and how long it took you to become good at that thing. Then I want you to think about what you would like to be good at. Are you spending the time to improve that thing? How can you apply the necessary practice in your life to get really good at what you want to get good at?

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