Practice makes perfect - lie! Perfect practice makes perfect - wrong again. Perfection is an illusion.
Those areas you and I are trying to develop, trying to grow in we must practice. However, practicing the "right" way with precision and intentionality is the key. Put yourself in extreme practice conditions on purpose. Whatever you are are practicing for, make sure the environment is as similar as possible.
If you're practicing speaking, get in the environment you will speak in. Feel it. Experience the venue. If you're practicing for a presentation have a group of people in the room that will replicate the real situation. Throw in interruption questions. If you're practicing for a cycling sprint finish, you must get your heart rate in the right spot, heighten your anxiety levels, and have a lot of intense miles in your legs to really know how your body is going to respond.
It’s only when you practice with precision and intentionality you become prepared for the moment of truth!
Precision practice isn’t easy. It takes work. Hard work. Whoever said it was easy to grow?
According to research, our brains are best the first 2-3 hours of the day. With 24 hours in a day, the simple math is the first 10% of the day we are the sharpest. The first 10%.
Take a moment and evaluate your first 2-3 hours of your day. What are you doing? Where is your time going? Are you maximizing your best?
Being strategic is a gift, it’s a blessing. However, over time I have learned a downside of being Strategic. The downside is, I like process. I like a clear and connected pathway of how we are going to get from here, to there. A-Z comes relatively easy to me. When I see the path in my mind, I can easily wind through complexity and map out a pathway with little effort.
All sounds good, right? Not so fast.
This weekend we had an opportunity to join some of our good friends at their lake house. My friend is an HR executive at a large public company here in OKC, so he is very familiar with Myers Briggs. He happens to be an INFP, and according to the Star Wars comparison, he is Luke Skywalker. My ENTJ personality is Princess Leia.
Those area's you and I are trying to develop, trying to grow in we must practice. And practice the "right" way. Practicing with precision and intentionality is the key. Put yourself in extreme practice conditions on purpose. Whatever you are are practicing for, make sure the environment is as similar as possible.
Move the “Center of Mass”. Everything changed for the high jump when the simple understanding of physics was leveraged. When Dick Fosbury used the Fosbury Flop, the center of mass was moved outside of his body. This was critical because when the center of mass was moved outside of his body, with the same amount of energy, the jumper went higher. The bar was raised.
In the 1960s Dick Fosbury changed the sport of high jumping as we know it. A somewhat unsuccessful athlete who could not compete with the stronger, more capable sportsmen opted for a new approach. Fosbury created a new technique and way of high jumping - and it stunned his coaches, other athletes and eventually the world.
Change is talked about a lot. We hear change is hard. Change is constant. Change is necessary. Change is good. Change is not a threat.
Lots of "change messaging" bombarding us.
What I have noticed is when things are going good, or even great, change is the hardest.
Full. Abundant. Do those words describe your everyday life? Stop and really think about it for a moment and wrestle with the question.
Is your everyday life full, better than you ever dreamed of...abounding with joy?
Think about a Friday five years from now. Get a good image of that Friday and answer these questions. Write them down. (I got this idea from Marjorie Blanchard)
Where do you live?