9. Practice

“The four laws of learning are explanation, demonstration, imitation and repetition. The goal is to create a correct habit that can be produced instinctively under great pressure. To make sure this goal was achieved, I created eight laws of learning; namely, explanation, demonstration, imitation, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, and repetition.”  -John Wooden

When I was a boy I would constantly challenge myself out in the driveway to make foul shots into the basketball hoop we had.  I would shoot foul shots all of the time, sometimes hours would pass by.  I would set goals like “I am not going inside until I can make 10 in a row.” I would practice and practice and practice.  I never became a pro but I got better.

As time has passed I tend to find myself believing that I need less practice because I am older or more accomplished or maybe just because I am a “grown-up.”  The end result is an acceptance of mediocrity in a great deal of little things in my life.  I pick up new hobbies or ideas and immediately put them to work without practicing them like I did as a child.

I feel this idea of practice through repetition carries almost more use now than when I was younger.  Today I am not so interested in being a great free-throw shooter but I do want to be a better human.  What this means to me is that I need to take the time to challenge myself to be more principle centered, more forgiving, more honest, more caring and more loving.  I just cant assume that since I comprehend these things I will be skilled enough to use them when I am put in a position of pressure just because I understand them.  I need to constantly find ways to practice through repetition.

Affirmation:  I know that I am my habits. Today I choose the highest and best self I can imagine.

Call to Action: Determine one principle or action that you would like to better learn in your life and take one minute out of each hour and focus on it.  Find a way to take action on that principle and put forth the effort.  Know that the work you put in will allow you to better respond when the old habits would seem to be easier.  Share what you are building through practice below.

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6 thoughts on “9. Practice

  1. I am going to attempt to spend one minute out of every hour today coming back to the moment, and to my breath, meditating. I would love the habit of meditation to be more of a habit in me! I have to set a reminder in my phone though, I forget so easily :-/

  2. I used to play the guitar for hours on end. Every time I walked in the house I picked it up. I haven’t had that same drive for anything as of recent. There are many things I love to do yet do not do, or I do not do enough. I will pick up my guitar and my camera for at least ten minutes today. I will to get back to regular practice of the hobbies I love. Maybe I miss interpreted the topic here or took it too literally, but it has inspired me.

    • Aiden,

      Thank you for sharing your desire to pick up the guitar again and play some music. I hope your guitar and camera reminded you why you love to create art with them this week.

      -Change Your Life Friday

  3. Powerful concept. I could feel your passion around shooting the ball until you got it right. My practice is to suit up, show up, and trust the process. That means no agendas, no manipulations, no striving, and no judgment. The days become more magical when I allow Spirit to guide me. I practice allowing Life to express through me.

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