The way to excel at anything is to practice.
I have a yoga practice, a coaching practice and a writing practice. These are all very different but as practices, they have things in common.
A practice requires you to show up regularly. A practice doesn’t demand excellence, or even good, on the first laps out. A practice teaches us courage and humility. It’s humbling to show up again and again, seeking to express yourself.
A practice also pays off over time. I don’t want to be discouraging. I know we want results for our efforts. I also know that lasting results happen over time, when we show up. When we practice.
Free-writing is an excellent way to practice. To show up without expectations, willing to see what’s there. I show up at yoga this way. I show up with my clients this way. I show up for my writing this way. Open, ready and willing to let the practice lead me. It’s a relief to let my practices hold me as I grow and learn.
Prompt: What do your practices teach you?
This is part of a 30-day series focused on how free-writing can change your life. Start from the beginning here.