I cannot determine where the origin of the phrase "practice makes perfect" was initially written, but it has been something I’ve heard since I was just a child. The phrase is simple yet incredibly powerful. Basically, as it stands, it states that if you do something enough you will eventually master said task. Whether you decide to play a sport, learn an instrument, or learn how to write, you will go through the same phases. 1. Watching or seeing someone do something that triggers that initial fire inside of you. You can imagine yourself duplicating that or even getting better and you desire with every bit of you to try it out. 2. Initially picking it up and trying it like you saw that person do it. 3. Realizing how much extra effort and time it takes to get to their level and go through the internal debate of how important it is for you to do. 4. Making the ultimate decision as to whether or not to continue. 5. (This portion is something that not everyone gets to.) Building a consistent schedule around your new desire. You alter your day just to make sure you have the ability to do it, and you spend countless hours practicing to make it perfect.
You may be asking yourself why on earth I am breaking down the phrase "practice makes perfect?" We have all heard it and have seen countless stories of people working hour after hour just to achieve their dreams and they finally reach it after years of trials. The reason is because I believe that the sentence itself is not yet complete. I don't believe practice makes perfect. If it did then we wouldn't see stress in older adults or have issue with people's walking as they reach into their later years. If practice made perfect then all of those years dealing with it would have made them masters at it. However, we see stress left and right; it's keeping us awake at night, and it's floating in our bowl of Frosted Flakes. We haven't yet mastered it, and part of the reason is because practice doesn't make perfect. I believe the sentence should be "Practice and Analysis makes Perfect."
By adding “analysis” you get to question what, why, and how you are doing things. Asking these questions brings you to a point of understanding the topic in multiple levels. When you do something and don't try to break it down to improve, you will be repeating the same action and therefore reinforcing a behavior to which you have no idea if it is the best way to do it. Instead follow this simple procedure (and please make modifications to this to fit you better), do the action or task of your choosing. Then ask yourself what steps it takes in order for you to do that? After you have found out the steps you can move on to the next part. Why am I doing these steps in this specific way and manner? Lastly follow up on how I can make modifications to improve the step in order to do better? Many of my future post will follow the premise of not necessarily following practice makes perfect, but instead Practice + Analysis = Perfect and I would bet that if you follow this procedure it will lead to success in many areas of your life.