What are you practicing?

As a musician I have spent countless hours practicing my flute. And anyone who is a musician knows that practicing often looks like this:

  • You hit a particularly hard spot and you make a mistake.
  • You play that hard spot 3 or 4 times and you make the same mistake.
  • You slow it down and you play it a 5th time and it’s right. FINALLY!
  • You move on.

Here’s the problem with this scenario. You have just practiced the mistake 4 times and you have practiced it correctly only once! I don’t know about you, but if I took a test with 5 questions on it and I only got one right that would not be a good thing.

So what are you actually practicing? What are you spending your time doing the most of?

Are you practicing mistakes?

Are you practicing complaining or are you practicing gratitude?

Are you practicing negative self-talk or are you practicing loving yourself?

Are you practicing holding a grudge or are you practicing forgiveness?

Are you practicing being constantly busy or are you practicing stillness?

Practice works because we do it over and over again, not because we get it right one time. The first time is exciting, but it is also just the beginning. The beginning of practicing again and again and knowing that it will get easier each and every time we do it.

Practice something that you want more of in your life.

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