Probably we have heard the saying thousands times that “practice makes perfect,” but does it really?
Great athletes, musicians and authors preach this mantra to others to show them how they got to where they are in their life right now.
But read this quote of what NBA Legend Michael Jordan said:
“You can shoot eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, all you become is good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.”
This quote in itself is a life lesson.
You can do a quick Google search and find a plethora of people who succeed at what they do. We see the rewards they reap and the praise they receive. But what we don’t see is the hard focused work they put day in and day out while everyone slept to reach the point at which they are right now.
Many people never even consider the countless hours of practice and refinement that goes into what the public ultimately sees.
But the bottom line is:
Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
— Vince Lombardi
I think the purpose of practice is to habituate the performance, so that it comes naturally. It’s just like driving the car. Initially we try to focus our attention on steering wheel, brakes, accelerator, front and rear mirrors, but slowly with more and more driving (practice) it becomes part of our driving habit, now we no longer need to pay attention to all of these things, just sit down and enjoy the ride with your favorite music.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.