PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”
We are coming to the end of our sixth week in the Master Key System course. This week was especially challenging for me. I was continually taken back to a portion of Mandino’s book, Scroll #2 that has carried me through this week and last week, it is the end of the fourth paragraph on page 59, “…I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.
My obstacle was the News Release. Why? I don’t know. I felt I had to research what a news release was, how a person is interviewed. What kind of questions they ask. I learned it is a profile that a journalist does when interviewing a person. They prepare by having many more questions than they will need to ask. They also do their research, so they know about the person before they will be interviewing. They’ve done their homework if they want to do well when asking questions, and even knowing what questions to ask to prompt a flow of conversation for the person of interest. Then my concern was who will interview me. So I checked into the college I graduated from many years ago. They interview successful alumni. But I did not stay in my field of study. Then I checked out Entrepreneurial sites, they had some interesting information. I learned the five characteristics to be an Entrepreneurial Leader.
- Vision: a dissatisfaction with the present
- Knowing and Taking advantage of your unfair advantages.
- Ability to get people on board and add to the vision.
- Flexibility to adapt, openness to feedback and the ability to learn.
- Persistence and Execution. The long-term vision, ethical compass, but relentlessly focus on the activities to get them to their vision here and now.
Then I reviewed my own story. How did I get from my past to where I am in my present? Then I studied my DMP, and this journey I am traveling currently. Took note of where I want to go, dug deep into my vision, re-evaluated my personal pivotal needs. Then considered how to fast forward, where would I be in the future? Just short of 14 days my routine was, I woke up thinking, I walked through my day thinking, and I went to bed thinking. A small breakthrough came during a sit. Who to interview me? Sit, relax, breathe, do mental house cleaning, build on a strong foundation, practice, focus. The answered flowed in, and I examined it. How did it feel? How would this work? Hmmm, thinking. You know these two, so you must ask permission. I did. They resoundingly said yes. And I cried. Oh, silly me. I felt I could write now. Actually the thoughts came easily, and why not, I am telling my own story. I wanted to share more detail, but stopped. The rest I can continue to build. I accept daily liberty to think, plan, and express my dreams; pleasurably manifesting them into tangible actions, events, and conditions. I have experienced a release now that my News Release is posted. It is not done, but I am no longer fretting. I am guessing it will continual to evolve, just as my DMP, alongside my own growth.
In the Seven Laws of the Mind, the Law of Practice has been my constant companion through my Master Key Journey. It says practice makes perfect. The 5 P’s-Perfect Practice Prevents Poor Performance. And just like Wooden shares, I will find most of it is practice, the rest of it is work.
Not only this week, but from Week One, Practice and Work have been my constant companions and will continue to be through this journey called LIFE. I have welcomed the obstacles, the challenges have been met directly. “I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.” Mandino, Scroll #2.
Today I begin a NEW Life. I meet each sunrise with Enthusiasm & Contentment, this is my Desire, and it pleases me. I exude JOY, and LOVING smiles appear genuinely for all in my sphere of influence. My heart is overflowing with gratitude, I am rejoicing with a song in my heart every day. I keep my promises. Geni Lynn Witt