Who said practice makes permanent? One thing they forgot to add was, only if you keep practicing will it remain permanent. Using the analogy of riding a bicycle, once you learn how, you never forget. Maybe so, but if you don’t keep riding and practicing, you will find that your skills can become a bit rusty. Your balance can become off as well as your ability to control the bike around various obstacles.
I know first hand how important practice is if you want to keep up your skills. You have to constantly hone them so that you can stay on top of your game. I use to do some oil painting. That was about 28 years ago. Haven’t picked up a brush since then. That is, until today.
Practice Makes Permanent
Today I decided to break out my paint and art set. I wanted to see if I still had what it takes to create a painting that was recognizable. I’ll just say this, I need lots of practice.
Sure I enjoyed trying to paint again, but I quickly found out that the years without practicing left me rusty to say the least. Though I still had a sense of vision, knowing how I wanted my painting to look, it was far from the image in my mind.
So how will I get back to the level where it comes naturally and actually looks like something worth hanging on the wall? Practice. Practice until it becomes permanent, then keep on practicing so that I never lose my skills.
It is the same in life and business. Once you learn a skill, you have to keep at it. If you don’t, you too will become rusty.
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Keep Your Skills Sharp
Here are four things you can do so that you can keep your skills sharp. If practice makes permanent, constant practice makes for a rich and rewarding career and life. Remember, the journey is more fun if you know where you are going.
- 1. Keeping the Vision. You have to keep the vision of what you wish to accomplish planted firmly in your mind, in your being. If you can’t see yourself where you want to be, you simply won’t get there.
- 2. Define Your Path. Once you have the vision planted in your brain, set your course. Know and understand where you want to go; how you are going to get there. Don’t worry about the details too much at this point. They will likely change along the way. Just be prepared and steady as you go.
- 3. Keep Learning. As you move along your path toward your goal, your vision, pay attention to what you learn. If something works, do more of it. If things aren’t going quite as planned, slow down and re-group. Set a new course with your vision in sight.
- 4. Never Stop Practicing. As with my painting, once I stopped, I lost my touch. Though you may still have the skills, they will lose their sharpness if you stop practicing.
My best advice is to always be practicing. Never stop learning and keep your vision so that the path you layout will lead you to the results you want. Like the saying goes, practice makes permanent. And remember, the lack of practice grows rust.
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