Make It A Practice (Not A Perfect)


Dear Friends, 

We are what we repeatedly do.  

Not what we do once or twice but rather our daily habits.  

I'm not the first person to say this. Actually, this is something largely attributed to Aristotle, so I'm sure many have said this.  

And it's not the first time I've said this either. It's a common recurring theme in much of my work.  

The challenge that I see with this declaration is that we "get it, " but we seem to have a tough time internalizing it to the point where we can actually do something with it.  

We hear it. We get it. Hell, we can quote it. But does it change our behavior in any positive way? 

Most likely, the answer is no. And this is ok. That's why I'm here.  

One way to bring this to life is to view as many things in our lives as a "practice" versus something that just "is." 

Consider this: 

What you eat becomes your nutritional practice.  

Your training program becomes your fitness practice.  

Your nightly routine becomes your sleep practice.  

The amount of water you drink in a day becomes your hydration practice.  

If a doctor can refer to their work as a “practice," where outcomes carry significant implications, I think we can use this in our lives too.  

Viewing aspects of our lives as a practice creates a subtle, yet powerful, mindset shift as it acknowledges fluidity.

Meaning, nothing is set in stone. The opportunity to change, improve, and progress is ever-present.  

We have the opportunity to examine our last at-bat in any area of our life, honestly assess if the inputs lead to the outputs that we want, and then make any necessary adjustments or adaptions to get us closer to whatever it is that we want. 

This allows us to embrace the idea that no matter what it is that we're doing, we're just practicing. We don't have to get it "right." It doesn't have to be perfect. We don't necessarily have to make progress each time. 

Rather, it's the understanding that we CAN make progress and that we're focusing on doing so that will make all of the difference.

I'm still not convinced that practice makes perfect. And you know what? I'm cool with that. "Perfect" is a myth. What I'm finding is that practice makes progress. And that's something I can endorse.

So, what are some of the things that you’re practicing in your life? How might this subtle shift help you move from where you are to where you want to be?

I’d love to know. 

With Love, 

Evan CookComment