For nearly 20 years; I doubt I ever went more than a couple of days without some sort of rehearsal or practice. I began playing organized sports at age 4; formally learned music in 5th grade; and threw in a little theater for good measure. There was always some sort of event that needed extra preparation; and that meant I was in for some individual or group rehearsal.
What is funny is that once I got into my professional career; there was not much tolerance for such practice. It was even indicated to me at one employer that practice at this point meant I was not yet a professional.
I have always known that practice often leads to better performance; but know understand that practice only makes permanent. I don’t remember where I heard it first; but for over 2 decades I still repeat this line from one of my coaches; “Only perfect practice makes perfection permanent!”
Here is a list of ideas/techniques I keep in mind when rehearsing: Please add to them as you see fit.
- Clearly state your goals, objectives, and/or mission at beginning, middle, and end of each practice.
- Be realistic about what is possible (then push for a little extra)
- Learn new techniques regularly. (A good coach will help you to schedule a list of them in an order that makes sense to your objectives)
- Train towards your goals
- Cross-train in similar, but different disciplines
- Deconstruct; enhance components bit by bit; Reconstruct it better
- Develop super-realistic challenges that fully engage brain and body to push through performance barriers
- Visualize (in HD, 3d, vivid color, surround sound, etc) all the chaos and splendor of the event at its highest degree.
- Vary your intensity
- Study the relevant theories and teach them to others
- Schedule down-time and plenty of sleep
- Eat right, and drink plenty of fluids
- Warm-up and stretch before; cool-down and stretch after
- Get feedback and evaluations on progress
Regardless of whether your objective is related to sports; a new language; personality trait; financial gains; or anything else; invest in a training partner to help with these techniques.
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