You Get Good at What You Practice

Since we were kids, all of us have understood the value of practice. If you want to get good at hockey, reading, piano, singing, or any other engaged activity, you have to practice.

Practice is defined as the application of a skill repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency. I think most people would agree that the highest achievers in an area of life are those who practice the most.

How does this apply to our every day lives?

If you think about your overall quality of life, it is basically made up by the accumulation of moments. Each moment you are expending energy in a certain way. Sometimes you are in a positive state and other times you are negative; and there a varying degrees of intensity in between.

Most of the time, we are all operating on auto-pilot. What I mean is that we are going about our day and we react and respond to events based on how we have conditioned ourselves to do so. If we have spent the majority of our lives practicing an anger response when things don’t go our way, we have become very proficient at being angry. Likewise, if you have spent the majority of your life reacting with laughter to various events and circumstances, you have become proficient at maintaining positivity.

This is a great place for any person to begin when it comes to improving their life so that it works… on all levels.

How do you do this?

Start by doing a basic assessment of your results. Are you constantly in a state of stress or anxiety? Do you constantly feel frustrated or upset? For any result that is not positive, examine what you have been practicing in that area of your life. If your current result is that you get angry and upset whenever the slightest thing goes wrong, think about how you can practice changing that result. You can actually begin looking for the next “opportunity” for something to go wrong so that you can practice a new response. Just like learning an instrument or sport, it may not go smoothly the first time but it is a start. Then you do it again and again and each repetition gives you an opportunity to get stronger.

In a relatively short period of time, you can develop an entirely new skill set that serves you better and improves the overall quality of your life. Try it. Challenge yourself. And see how your results change over time.

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6 Responses to You Get Good at What You Practice

  1. Stan Young April 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    A very simple concept ” Practice” its funny how some of the most simple fundementals of life we can easily forget.
    When my kids were younger growing up this is one of the basic principals I drilled into them that you basically get out of life what you put into it.
    The message that I wanted them to understand was if they were not happy with their situation in life they needed to do something about it.
    Your message here is a great reminder to us all that even making a small change, if practised can make a real difference in lives.

  2. Tammy Matthews April 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Practice make perfect! If you change one thing today, you change today. If you change one thing every day you change your life. We all have the same potential to choose how we want our lives to be. It’s up to us to choose to sit around wallowing in our own pity or standing up and finding a way to love our lives.
    I practice loving my life every day!
    Great article,
    Tammy Matthews recently posted..I Love Me!

  3. Om July 1, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    A quote says;Practice makes a man perfect.and this is the right quote which came in my mind when i read this speech.Practice is something which can entirely develop some new skills when you practice in that particular thing and help us to develop mastery.It can ultimately serve you better and improve quality of your life.
    it’s an awesome speech!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.a must read.

  4. Darryl Burma July 27, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    Hey Justin,

    How are you doing these days? Haven’t seen you post in a while so just thought I’d ask. I’m sure you are busy as always. I do hope you post more soon though because I always enjoy reading what you have to say.

    Regarding this article, for the past several years I have worked more on being positive than ever before. This actually did take some practice but has proven to be the best choice I could have made. I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore, not even the big stuff really, I do my best to be a problem solver now instead of reacting in ways that useless. If you focus on being positive there are no limits.

    Was a good read and once again hope you write more soon my friend!
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    • Justin Popovic July 27, 2011 at 9:32 am #

      Hey Darryl,

      Thanks for your comments. I have been very busy although I did do 30 straight blog post updates for my 30 day challenge in June. Not sure if you saw those posts. Either way you are right I have been swamped so blog updates have been a little sparse.

      Also I love what you say about staying positive. It is pretty easy to move into a negative frame of mind whenever something goes wrong but sounds like you have done a good job not letting that bog you down.

      see you again soon
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  5. Arthur November 26, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Yes, spot on Justin!

    Practice is who you are. Words and theories only mean things when they become so much part of you that they are what you act. How you act is from your habitual practice. Bruce Lee said something along the same lines.

    Totally agree 🙂 Keep rocking solid practices 😀

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