And Practice Will Go On

by Lance Ekum on · 61 comments

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“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!

And Life

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.

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Hilda April 8, 2009 at 8:09 am

Wow Lance, that post packs a really powerful punch for me. I’m sitting here asking myself, am I practicing what I need to practice, consistently and in less than ideal circumstances?

I want to be a meditation teacher and run retreats, and I’m not going to be overly harsh on myself because I am practicing my own daily meditation AND I have forsaken a fun weekend of surfing with friends this Easter for a spiritual retreat that is covering some of the material on my meditation course. BUT, I haven’t been doing as much study as I need to be doing. I have been allowing other distractions to get in the way.

Reading this has made me stop and think. I need to prioritise my study more – it’s only for a few more months. It’s not good enough to study when I’ve nothing more appealing to do instead. I need to schedule the time and honour it!

Thanks for the much-needed kick in the ass!

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Yum Yucky April 8, 2009 at 8:28 am

I need to practice how to fight more fair in “friendly” disagreements with my hubby. Sometimes I get besides myself and afterwards say,”oh darn, I should have responded this way instead and spared an offense.” Ohhh my! It’s so hard to do when you’re in the midst of it.

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Evelyn Lim April 8, 2009 at 10:07 am

For me, what keeps me going on my writings and blog is the thought that I can help someone else with what I can share. My practice is also about sticking to meditation and staying aware of my thoughts and emotions. Yes, it means having to give up hanging out with my girlfriends or watching TV. But my life has changed so much better because of my practice. I’ve never been happier and more fulfilled since.

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LisaNewton April 8, 2009 at 10:54 am

Oh, I don’t envy you your coaching task. I used to teach 5th grade, with lots of 10 year old boy and girls. It’s a great age, still young enough to appreciate life, they haven’t been “jaded” by middle or high school yet, and old enough to participate in lively discussions. Is this your first year of coaching?

I’m already doing what I want, by travelin’ local and taking pictures. Now, if I could just do it full time, that would be a dream come true……………..:)

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Nadia - Happy Lotus April 8, 2009 at 10:55 am

Hi Lance,

I love your energy. You are so full of life and it shows in your writing. I am a firm believer in living life with passion and I do my best to acheive that goal. In the end, it is all about love. Life is short so I never want to waste any of the precious time I have on things that do not matter. Anything is possible and that is one of the many things that make life beautiful. 🙂

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Sagan April 8, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Awesome post! I completely agree that when we practice in tough conditions, then we’ll be REALLY prepared for ideal conditions. We have to keep challenging ourselves if we want to make progress.

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Sami April 8, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I am practicing what is important to me (ie family & friends, health & spirit, giving back, starting my business, adventure, etc, etc) even when conditions aren’t ideal but it took an unwanted divorce for me to really wake up and “get it”. It was a slap in the face but with a silver lining.

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