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Practice makes . . . Monday June 17, 2013

Perfectionism is a hard task master. It can stop you doing things. (What's the point of trying if I can't do it perfectly.) It can reduce the satisfaction and self-esteem you earn from your achievements.

An extreme example of this effect is the Olympic athlete who wins a bronze medal (an extraordinary achievement by any rational measure) yet feels a failure.

A friend who went on a tennis course says she learned a valuable insight from her coach. At one stage, the coach said to the group of learners: "What does practice make?" The group replied, parrot-fashion: "Practice makes perfect."

Wrong, said the coach, immediately getting their attention. "The correct answer is, practice makes permanent." The goal of practice is not perfection, because this is never consistently achievable. The goal of practice is to replace negative habits with positive habits, permanently.

The mind is malleable. It can be reconfigured to think differently. Even people with serious brain damage can retrain their brain to think effectively again. Musical prodigies are simply people who practice more than others and thereby make the most of their talent.

There are no short cuts. Practice makes permanent, not perfect.

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Anonymous Mon, Jun 17th 2013 @ 9:23am

"practice makes permanent" An excellent point and something to bear in mind when trying to make changes in thinking, especially via CBT. Thank you. I will hold onto this idea.

June Mon, Jun 17th 2013 @ 9:57am

Another timely post and comment from An

Anonymous Mon, Jun 17th 2013 @ 10:04am

Wonderful and very helpful post.

June Mon, Jun 17th 2013 @ 10:10am

I'll try again. :-)
Another timely post for me, I'm about to start a self help CBT course from the "Books on Presciption" set and this has given me a gentle nudge in the right direction. Thank you Andrew and Anonymous.

Anonymous Mon, Jun 17th 2013 @ 11:45am

Great Great start to the week! Loving this bon mots!

Tim Mon, Jun 17th 2013 @ 4:04pm

I've always found the quotes/sayings of pithy,dark,and enormously humerous [i.e. 'tickled my funny bone] - as did one of my former docs. One of their "demotivators" has been retired - but, thanks to my affective disorder/"packrat gene" running in the family genetic tree, I still have at least one. Hopefully you can access the following link, but if not, the picture has a lone runner on a road stretching out to - the Australian outback is what comes to mind. The word is QUALITY and the tagline:

<i>The race for quality has no finish line- so technically, it's more like a death march.</i>

That's all - just some "dark" humor/humour - hope it brings a chuckle


PS anyone wanting any of the 'retired cards', I probably have them ;)

Anonymous Tue, Jun 18th 2013 @ 1:04pm

Great post! Thx. G.

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