Sometimes, if not always, there are functional keys in life that are prescribed with a HOW button. And HOW is there to indicate that practice is a practical skill!
Why practice? Practice tends to be part of life because genius is not everything. Henceforth, ‘’practice makes perfect’’ is the well known proverb.
Practice is part of personal development required to build both personal and professional profile, as far as skills are concerned. It is through practice we make proactive steps. On regular basis, practice is performed to keep our skills and abilities improved. For example, career-specific related skills have a positive impact on ambitions and workplace productivity. Skills also help in personal success when they are coached targeting on self-development.
In reality the act of practice is more like a rehearsing behaviour, engaging over and over again for purpose of improving and mastering; it could be done for expert or normal skills. For this reason practice is a method of learning and acquiring experience. At the same time being a state-of-the-art, essentially used for self-reference. Practicality is a popular way of achieving, bringing about, effecting or accomplishing. Deliberately, practice is commonly applied for:
To learn how ………… (acquiring experience)
To improve at ………… (enhancing performance)
To prepare ………… (formulate performance)
To refine a ……… (perfecting performance)
To maintain ………… (upholding a skill)
To master ………… (tasks associated with principal systems)
How well one improves with practice depends on several factors, such as the frequency it is engaged in, and the type of feedback that is available for improvement. If one doesn’t practise often enough, reinforcement fades, and he or she is likely to forget what was learned. Therefore, practice is often scheduled, to ensure enough of it is performed to reach one’s objectives. How much practice is required depends upon the nature of the activity, and upon each individual. Some people improve on a particular activity faster than others.
Practice is practised differently in different settings, in an instructional setting practice may be effective if,
– repeated only once – e.g. for just a simple verbal information,
– or about three times – e.g. for concepts,
– or be practised so many times before evaluation e.g. in art performances.
The same way like a hidden curriculum, practice develop personal skills we all need to exhibit at various stages of skill development, such as
• Planning …… (the ability to organise work in a structured way).
• Dedication/concentration …… (higher attention time)
• Revision/repetition …… (strong tendency to practice)
• Study style/self-reflection ……… (the tendency of self-regulating knowledge or performance)
So where does this leave us? It shows that practice done for expert performance is qualitatively different from a normal performance, since the expert performer must be endowed with characteristics qualitatively different from those of normal.
Since, categorically, expert performance is qualitatively different from normal performance; in the same manner expert performers have characteristics and abilities that are qualitatively different from or at least outside the range of those of others, this could be due to immutable difference, sandwiched by innate talent. And a few exceptions, most notably age and gender are genetically influential. This brings the argument that the differences between expert performers and normal performers reflect a life-long period of deliberate effort to improve performance in a specific domain.
One can argue that the way expert one becomes skilful has more to do with how one practice than with merely performing a skill a large many times. Usually an expert breaks down the skills that are required to be skilled and focuses on improving those skill chunks during practice or day-to-day activities, often paired with immediate coaching or training feedback. Another important feature of thoughtful practice lies in continually practicing a skill at more challenging levels with the intention of mastering it.
When deliberately picking a type of practice in order to work on a skill, one should consider;
• individuals talent code
• the power of Passion and Perseverance
• the practical chronicle of accomplishment
‘’What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.’’ – Philippians 4:9.
Thoughtful practice affects education, motivation, and learning outcomes. All the way, the importance of grit plays a part – because, grit allows one to persevere and succeed in the face of adversity. Where ever grit is applied at work, effort will also increase, because the grit tactic is intended to advance to the finals. And effort is equally important as talent in achieving goals.
One again, why practice? because there is no the ‘KNOW HOW’ without knowledge and practice. In this case, and my thought, KNOW HOW can be broken down to → KNOW = knowledge, and HOW = practice. HOW could be ‘just how’ – ‘in what way’ – ‘by what means’ – ‘by what method’ – ‘in what manner’ – or ‘exactly how’.
Well, the absolute pinnacle, a place where one would never hit a bad shot due to perfection is unrealistic, nonetheless, the ultimate goal, is to be consistent. This is what makes practice so rewarding. Every improvement you make during practice can directly translate to your performance. Because at the end of the day, you are competing against the course/progression; no other person directly, just yourself.
These should be one’s goal when in practice. You want to refine the mechanics to an intuitive level, a place where you couldn’t just imagine, but have essential skills deeply ingrained in your mind. Since, the other good thing about practice is the potential link of a specific motion to a specific thought, the term also called muscle memory. Practice might not always make every skill perfect, but perfect practice will make you exceptional.
Fall in love with your game and spend some time on the practice!