Friday, March 18, 2011

Practice & perfection

Happiest Friday to everyone in BLOG land! 

A quick shout out to all my friends and readers doing St. Patrick's Day Races--send me your pictures and I will post them with a link to your blog!! No matter the distance--send them over by next Friday and I will do a GO green post! 

Sensitive subjects dead ahead: 

I am hard on myself as I know a lot of bloggers and women are.  It's hard to break the habit of having judgment toward all the things I feel that I don't do up to par or habits I find myself starting over on: eating clean, drinking enough water, getting workouts in.  I can honestly say that I am the hardest on myself and I should be more loving.  

Isn't everything we do a practice? 

Whether it's really practicing something like a sport or our running where we know the rules and know the form that we should have to perform well, or practicing kindness with others every other moment, practice is all around. 

I think that overwhelms some people, I would be the kind of person who used to. But every challenge and everything we face is an opportunity to learn and grow. If we are moving through our day and we miss an opportunity to practice patience, kindness and joy, take note and move on. 

If we are practicing consistency with our workouts, our water intake or our bible reading (for me-whew Nelly) and miss a step or a few or a week. Start over, look at what happened and take note, but move forward

I can't help but think of the phrase "practice makes perfect" and even more so the phrase "PERFECT practice makes perfect." 

We all know we are never really "perfect." We achieve that goal weight EVEN with missed workouts, with decadent foods and our pants tightening and loosening--blame it on the dryer! But we get to our goal and stay or hover there knowing our path wasn't perfect. SO, how can we practice perfectly? What does that phrase mean and does anyone else want to just erase it from the English language like I do?? 


It makes sense when you think about it in terms of piano, basketball and theater. You don't want to practice the wrong way or rehearse the wrong lines, we do our best to be PRECISE, but perfection is out of the question. 

So when we miss a workout or feel we are slacking on healthy foods, how do we apply that same precision? Just with love. Know that in the moment, you do your best that is what you can do. Plan ahead when you practice these things: pack your gym bag, pack your food, schedule grocery store trips, count to three when you are frustrated with that friend... be precise in the moments and with love knowing we are human. 

The more we practice that moment-by-moment decision-making, the better we get. We may be on a path where we take two steps forward and feels like we take one step back, but think about this as a plateau. We are climbing and climbing and then we even out for a time we get started, we didn't slip all the way down the mountain, we climb from the plateau we are on. It's never REALLY that bad, we can start over any moment of any day and step back into practice. 

We don't want to practice poor habits or knowingly do things that will harm others, or us and as long as we are aware of that, we are on the right track. It's like running with poor form, once you know the right way or better way to run, you can adjust what you do during your practice time. 

Another thing I just want to throw out is to avoid phrases like "I did bad this week with food" "I ate bad yesterday" "I didn't do well with my workouts this week". We did what we did! If you had a cookie, that's what you chose to eat...own it and don't feel "bad" about it. If you don't want it, don’t' have it and if you do, eat it and own it.  

Moderation is a beautiful thing and I am not suggesting you go to KFC for lunch and BK for dinner, but looking at our actions in negative terms will just keep us looking behind when we want to be looking up to that next section of life we are climbing up to. 

So what is your take on those phrases?  
"Practice makes perfect" & 
 "PERFECT practice makes perfect." 

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