It's difficult for me to explain how this came about, but recently the phrase "practice promotes perseverance" has popped into my head. You could refer to it as The Three P's if you will.
Now, this isn't a 10 step guide to success or keys to unlocking your greatest potential by any means, but rather a perception of what practice yields.
(Couldn't help but include the photo to the left titled 'Mondays' by Gosha Bondarev.) It's both humorous and truthful.
This week, I watched an online video on creative inspiration. The speaker was explaining his work history, and that no matter how dreamy his current job was, he just couldn't fight the feeling that he still wanted something more. This "something" was not yet defined, but he knew it had to exist and was only scratching the surface. One very particular portion of the video stood out to me the most and caught my attention. It was this...
He spoke of a longterm project that was estimated to take around 6 months for full completion. The intentions for this project were published online for an audience who had the opportunity to contribute financially to the process. When 6 months had come and gone, the project was nowhere near finished, and the followers he had established in support of the idea had begun to wonder if the piece would ever meet its end. The thought of disappointing those people was very concerning to him, and so he began refunding those who had given funds toward the project. Here's the real kicker, and I mean that in the best way.... He refunded those people because he felt that he had wronged them, and his goal was to be honest. Honest. I absolutely love that. Maybe in a very disjointed manner, this week's topic idea came about because of this man.
The more he explained his process of rerouting his plan and taking on this sort of project on a new platform, the more something clicked with me. He was learning throughout the journey. He committed to a very specific time frame and failed. That is something I think at times we fear as humans: Failure. It reminds me of blogging each week...wondering if a post doesn't go up on a Sunday, will I have completely failed; the Sunday that I have specifically committed to. Naturally, his story hit home for me. But I realized that it's through this trial and error, and ultimately practice, that we learn to persevere. Practice does not always mean that we succeed right away, but we take something good from it, and it allows us to move in the right direction. When you look back at a collection of instances, maybe time that you set aside to practice for something...despite any hiccups or disappointments along the way, can you identify some mile stones? I believe we can learn something about ourselves through practice that would not have been known if we hadn't tried in the first place. And this is why...
Practice gives strength to persevere.