Recently, the phrase “practice makes perfect” was named as the phrase most are likely to continue as we grow older. We shouldn’t be surprised as it has been traced back to the 16th century.

Some might argue that perfect might be a little too strong, but certainly most people can agree that doing sometime over and over again is the best way to learn something well. If it wasn’t true why would professional athletes with God-given talent believe in practice, practice and more practice?

The more you do something, the better you do it and the more consistent you can recreate it. Tricks and gimmicks as well as shortcuts might help a little bit, yet practice is what creates perfection or a mastery of sorts.

If you seek to do something well, then do it often! There is nothing that can take the place of practice. Vince Lombardi, the legendary football coach, said “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”

If you wish to be more confident in unfamiliar situations, then transform them into familiar situations by rehearsing them in advance, with lots of practice. There are some things your mind remembers, and then there are those things remembered by the entirety of your being. Practice instills that powerful form of memory.

Certainly it can be immensely frustrating when you're not as skilled as you'd like to be. However, you can make use of that frustration by channeling its energy into determination, and with that determination, commit to practice until mastery has been perfected.

Practice making the effort and practice to succeed. Visualize success. If you can’t see yourself as a success you likely won’t succeed. Certainly you’re not going to succeed every time. Even the most successful professional baseball players barely hit above .300 (which means they don’t get a hit about 70% of the time); however, they learn every time they come to bat so they increase their odds the next time. So … they accept disappointment but only as a means to learn from mistakes and practice for success.

The bottom line —   practice is everything. It enables us to create a mastery because every time you practice you make yourself that much better. With practice you improve yourself and greatly increase your chances of success.

Think about it …