“Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.” ~ Martha Graham, American dancer
A new season begins. Spring soccer. And that means early April practices. Games to follow shortly.
I have a team of ten year old boys I’m coaching. Ten year old boys = raw energy!
Practice for our spring season began this week. In the climate we live in, April can prove to have sketchy weather, at best. Monday evening, our practice night, was no exception. While we had avoided the predicted snowfall from the day before, we still had less than ideal conditions. Temperatures around 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Strong northerly winds. Outside on a great big, wide-open field. Cold. Probably an understatement. If you weren’t running, you were freezing. And practice went on.
Practice we did. To build our skills as a team. To build our individual skills. To “gel” as a group. To get the rust off.
In “less than ideal” conditions, we worked together. Practiced our skills, and had some fun. In preparation for the real thing – the games. We are ready!
How about in your life?
What are you practicing? And when are you practicing? When it’s ideal conditions? Or are you out there when things aren’t “perfect”. Look at what you really want in your life, those things that matter the most to you. For a ten year old boy, that might be soccer. For you, that could be starting your own business, or volunteering for a new charity, or being the best parent you can be, or whatever it is that speaks deeply to you.
Find some time, away from all the noise and busy-ness of life. In this space, listen to yourself deeply and honestly. What are you hearing? These are the things that matter deeply to you. And these are the things, where if we practice, even in less-than-ideal conditions, maybe especially in less-than-ideal conditions – we’ll take ourselves to a new level!
You are meant for greatness! Yes, YOU! And it can be yours, in those areas you’re passionate about, in those things that have deep meaning. What’s it going to take for you to get to that next level? Where do you need to “practice”? What can you focus on, today, that will take you one step closer?
For a certain ten year old boy, today soccer is it. And that means practice when it’s cold. That means kicking the ball in the backyard, when others are watching tv. And not because he has to, because he wants to.
What is it for you? What is it you WANT to do?
Be uniquely you.