This Monday Morning Practice is inspired by Don Jones two part series last week here on AWAL: Life’s Music Lesson #2 – Adopt an Attitude of Practice.
An attitude of practice is about being open and aware that life is one big learning experience, and that practice is how we learn and grow. The path to excellence is paved with practice. And excellence itself continuously evolves and expand and deepens.
The path to perfection on the other hand is paved with fear and obsession. With playing it safe. With limiting risks and cutting off opportunities. Perfection is death. It is a place where no more growth or learning happen, and with no future possibilities to explore.
In part two of the article Jones examines the obstacles he has experienced to adopting an “attitude of practice” and you may recognize some of your own in this list.
The Monday Morning Practice for this week is about self observation. Watch yourself in action this week. Every day this week take five or so minutes to reflect on the following questions:
- What inner or outer forces help support this positive attitude of practice for me?
- What inner or outer forces shut down this positive attitude of practice in me?
- What action do I wish to take as a result of these reflections?
Do send me an email to let me know what you learn from this exploration.