No matter how much you practice, can you ever really achieve perfection? Most of us have been told, “practice makes perfect” at one point or another. Well, we’re here to question whether that saying is true and/or whether perfection should even be our goal in the first place. While it may not make you flawless, there are still several important things to learn from practice. As you improve a particular skillset, you can learn about yourself and make progress on your goals. We’ve gathered up even more benefits to continual practice below.
Practice makes progress.
While perfection might not actually be attainable, progress definitely is. When you were learning to ride a bike, if you kept at it, you were soon able to sit tall, pedal fast, and—eventually—remove the training wheels, right? The same improvements apply as you tackle other complex tasks.
- The first step is to establish your growth environment.
- Then, define your goal. For instance, if you want to a be great public speaker, start by practicing giving presentations in a low-stakes environment, such as to yourself in the mirror.
- Next, increase your audience to a trusted group of friends in your living room.
Before long, you’ll be able to say, “goodbye” to filler words, long pauses, and bad eye contact.
Practice makes competent.
The more you practice something, the more you understand the ins-and-outs of the process. As you learn, you’ll feel increasingly confident every time you put your practice to use. For instance, if you’re in sales and learning to share all of your products to friends and potential customers, practice will give you the competence to really understand what makes your products so awesome and unique. Just make sure you’re getting all of your facts straight right off the bat. There’s nothing worse than repeatedly practicing something the wrong way. The goal is to get it right and commit the process to memory.
Practice makes permanent.
When you practice something regularly, what started out as a challenging chore becomes second nature. Creating healthy habits takes time, but once you’ve practiced something consistently (getting up early, reading regularly, eating healthily, etc.) you’ll start to make better choices without them feeling like a burden. Practicing good decision making enables positive actions to be a permanent way of life. Your healthy habits will kick in even on the days when you’re tired or unmotivated.
Practice gives you power.
Best of all, practice empowers you to demonstrate a skill or competence with confidence! Rather than wavering, you’ll boldly and powerfully reveal what you’ve worked so hard to accomplish. Not only that, but the personal growth you’ve achieved along the way will benefit you in other areas of your life, too. You’ll have improved your mindset, your skillset, and your ability to conquer a specific goal you set for yourself.
So, what are you waiting for? Get practicing!
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