Practice Makes Perfect

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All geared up and ready to hit the ice.  Hockey skates provide a different type of support than figure skates do. 

This past weekend I did something I haven’t done in several years. Ice-skating. I was with a couple of friends who really wanted to go. I was actually quite reluctant considering I hadn’t been on the ice since I was 15 years old!! So of course I had a little anxiety that I’d be so rusty and fall every few steps.

Getting on the ice again actually turned out to be a good thing for me. I broke through my comfort zone and did something I used to enjoy in my youth and I only fell once. Skating was one of my athletic skills back in the day.  I took both figure skating lessons and power skating lessons for recreation during elementary school. I wasn’t exactly an Olympian (haha) but I was pretty good – especially with power skating.

This experience taught me that it’s so important to keep doing things you are talented at because when you don’t use the skills and talents you were given you can lose it. Think about the things you were really good at when you were younger and maybe no longer do. If you try to go back to it, you’ll realize the ability is not at the same level.  This is why the phrase ‘practice makes perfect’ is to true.

I once heard Anthony Robbins say that “Good is the enemy of the great.” I’m not sure if he was the first to say it, but it illustrates the idea that you can be great at something, but if someone is good and they practice regularly, they will surpass you.  We have to apply this idea to our daily lives when it comes to the talents and skills we have been born with.  If you want to become better, you must always practice.

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