Practice what you want to be good at.
‘Practice makes a man perfect’ has probably been around for centuries.
The story of the spider who failed nine times yet tried for the tenth time and succeeded in climbing the wall, is not veiled from anyone.
To achieve your goals, your targets and aims, you have to have a full grip on your thoughts and work. If you don’t have full focus and concentration on your aim, you will keep getting off the track henceforth you won’t be able to practice so accurately. No one in this world has achieved excellence in their work field except by doing the work over and over and over again.
What do you think? The light bulb invented by Thomas Edison was his first try? Hiram maxim, Joseph Swan, both these incredible minded people put effort and brainstormed to come up with the invention that we cannot possibly imagine our life without. As a matter of fact, Edison made a thousand attempts and only at his thousandth shot, he succeeded. Upon being asked by a reporter that how it felt after failing for a thousand times, Edison replied,
“I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” Even a man like Albert Einstein, didn’t work directly on inventing the atomic bomb rather he was trying on the equation/s: E=mc2.
Enough about scientists and their tremendous, incomparable implausible inventions and tries, take a simple man’s example! Or an example of those who you think is quite successful today. It takes bashes and failures, experiments and hard work but most importantly, it takes tries and only tries. Again and again. And over again.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
The most important thing you ought to keep in your mind is that the key to practice is patience. If you’re patient enough to wait for several days, or your task might take a few months or even a couple of years, you should know, you have to be patient. This involves deliberate practice. Masters have invented this training. It is, when your rehearsal every day is giving you an outcome, a better-than-before result, you ought to keep it up. Keep your old conducts and techniques. But when you have tried a couple of times with similar botch, failure and ending results, it’s time to change your demeanors and approaches.
To break it down for you, you should know practicing deliberately only means that you are practicing with a well-defined intention. There is a definite and precise purpose of every move you’re making and every step that you’re taking. Every day is basically a new turn and a new process for you. Practicing with the same old methods will only make you look like a fool.
Another golden rule to love your practice and to practice every now and then, is that there is essentially nothing special about connoisseurs, experts. Or achievers. Or successful people, whether you take degrees, material achievements, money or fame as success. The only hidden yet apparent rule in their lives is a seven letter word called practice.
One simple rule to allow yourself to practice is to know your peek effort period. Some people are nocturnal i.e they work better at night (though humans are considered diurnal). By knowing your peek effort period, it’ll naturally take you less time to engross in practice and more efficiency will be put forth which is basically what you want through repetition and rehearsal.
Although there are some things that no matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to achieve perfection. Those things only include errands that are against your vibe. So before practicing, you have got to find out the percentage of your interest in the work you’re going to do.
Say, you’re passionately involved with music and singing, you put your whole effort into it, and at the same time, you’re being forced to become a teacher of literary English. These two things are exact opposite. Yes, you might have control over both but at the end, you will have to choose a career between your passion of singing and teaching. Eventually, you will put effort in to whatever matches your vibe. If you have a great voice, the studios will take you like a hot cake, you will for sure absolutely ignore teaching and become a great musician or a singer. Indeed, with practice. But if you’re forced to leave your music career and become a teacher, your vibe won’t match, no matter how hard you try, you will fail to do so.
Yet, you will practice, take teaching courses, classes and what not. But this practice will only take you away from teaching. Because, obviously, practice asks for full effort, time and keenly interested concern.