Practicing Every Day

practice every day

You lose something when you don’t practice every day. We get to enjoy the pros on TV and their phenomenal athleticism, stagecraft or presentation because we are seeing consistency. While the rest of onlookers wallow in mediocrity skipping days, getting distracted or chasing Facebook likes, we are awed by those that practice.

And the great thing about practice is that we can choose this and work hard at it.

I’ve been working on stretching every day because I want to flex and jump into all kinds of sports with my friends and my kids on a whim. It’s working well. I’m getting rid of aches and pains I had and feeling limber. It’s taking a couple of months but the progress is there. I’m practicing and enjoying it.

You may be wanting something more than you have. Maybe you’re stuck in a job you hate. It’s pretty common. So, what if you asked yourself the right questions? What do you really need to do to open up options?

Well, if you want to write your own ticket, you will need to know how to sell. You need to understand how to connect with people and make friends.

You also need to be able to see opportunities and create products and services.

Why not practice every day? Simply say to five people every day, “If you could snap your fingers, what would you love to resolve right now?”

Then practice listening.

You will start to tune in and hear patterns. And those patterns lead to ideas which lead to opportunities.

Of course, you may need to figure out how to have enough access and trust to ask the question. But that’s part of the practice.

But if you asked five people and did it for 90 days, that’s 450 times you get to practice. My bet is that you will have insights and learnings that move you from being naive to being knowledgeable simply from practicing.

What could you start practicing that would change things for you?

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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