Practice DOESN’T make perfect.
We’ve all heard the saying, “practice makes perfect,” but I’m here to tell you a little secret: it’s not true. Perfection is an unreachable target and no matter how much or how hard you practice, you’ll never even touch perfect.
That being said, practice now looks like a ridiculous and useless activity. I mean, how can you motivate yourself to run a race that you know you can’t actually win?
It’s time to run a new race. Here are some new motives that may help you in your practicing:
Practice makes PROGRESS
This is pretty obvious, but if you practice, you will get better. Maybe not all at once, but over time, yes, you will progress, and you will reach your goals.
Practice makes PERSONAL
By practicing, you can take more ownership of your craft, making you more confident in your art.
Practice makes POWER
Fear of mistakes or failing can make anyone want to give up, but with persistence in practicing you will increase your strength and speed of both your mind and body.
Practice makes PREPAREDNESS
Mistakes happen and plans fall through; we can’t escape it. However, with practice, we can be ready for anything.
Practice makes PERFORMANCE
Any audience can tell who has practiced and who has not. Why? Stage presence (aka you look like you know what you’re doing) is a big indicator of your level of commitment to rehearse. This one is also a big deal if you perform with a team; no one wants to be the weak link.
Practice makes PASSION
Even though practicing isn’t necessarily an enjoyable activity (I mean, who wouldn’t want to just watch Netflix instead?), know that the more you spend time with your instrument, the more you’ll love and identify with it. Passion will overall make practicing less of a burden and more of just who you are!
Which one of these words motivates you to practice the most? Comment below!
Stay tuned for our next blog for tips on HOW to practice