Motivate the Mind
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Motivate the Mind

Practice Makes Perfect, Right?

Photo by Norbert Kundrak on Unsplash

Let’s be upfront, shall we?

We all know the mantra: practice makes perfect. It isn’t wrong, and I am not looking to spar with this mantra. Rather, I would like to improve upon it with a personal observation.

As I begin my journey towards a professional pursuit in creative writing, I know that it is important to practice as much as I am available to put in; every day I can. Enthusiastically or exhausted, the work must be done.

With my creative emphasis being writing, I feel it is important to also include my most loved areas of focus, which are: poetry, short story, and blog/essay. That’s right — — three areas of focus.

However, keeping the mantra provided earlier in the forefront of our thinking and taking into consideration that I have three areas of focus, I tend to become crippled by the next question that arises in my mind: “So, which do we focus more time on?”

Based on the common recommendations from professional writers, I believe the answer would be: “Any of them; just write!”

Evaluating this advice in relation to my earlier question, I believe the deeper meaning being conveyed is that if I allow myself to keep being hung up by this crippling question I endanger my overall writing progress. In a nutshell, by attempting to reason out this question I more likely will fall into a cycle of paralysis by analysis.

Further building upon this rational awareness, I have discovered that this self-sabotaging question is actually rooted in my sense of anxious urgency to cross an imaginary finish line. A goal based on success that can only be achieved by catching up to my fellow contemporaries and once-living heroes.

Acknowledging all of this achieved self-awareness, I have accepted that, for I to move forward and pass this self-sabotaging question, I must be honest with myself. That is, accepting the truth that progress will come after a long period of practice maintained through unrestricted patience.

Wrapping this up, I would now like to provide my improvement for the earlier stated mantra, “Practice makes perfect” by modifying it to say:

Practice and patience lead to perfection.

Thank you for your time reading this post, and I hope you gained something positive from it.

-MT

— Motivation —

3-Hours Epic Music Mix | The Best of Audiomachine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_isAVgI3KE&ab_channel=EpicMusicVN

— Resources —

For a different approach, check out Austin’s perspective on how to keep at this practice and sucking less in doing so.

Austin Kleon “100-day Practice and Suck Less Challenge“: https://austinkleon.com/2021/01/07/100-day-practice-and-suck-less-challenge/

— Sources —

Kundrak, N. K. (202–01–24). man in gray shirt looking at city buildings in daytime [Photograph]. Unsplash. https://unsplash.com/photos/LJcB7n2F3UQ

3-Hours Epic Music Mix | The Best of Audiomachine. (2014, June 8). YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_isAVgI3KE&ab_channel=EpicMusicVN

Kleon, A. (2021, January 7). 100-day Practice and Suck Less Challenge. Austin Kleon. https://austinkleon.com/2021/01/07/100-day-practice-and-suck-less-challenge/

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