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Practice to Perfection!
By Jim Sher
We have often heard that “Practice makes perfect.”  Most of us believe that the more we practice, the better we will become.  This psychological way of teaching can be a useful tool to pass on to our children.  If they hear this enough, they just might believe it, but for it to benefit them it has to become a way of life. 

How many hard -working Olympians have practiced hour after hour, day and night?  Their hearts can be broken in an instant with just fractions of seconds determining a winner. That disappointment may or may not come down to a split decision in just a few minutes during a performance, such as gymnastics.  These decisions can impact them for the rest of their lives. Also we know that’s part of the game and a fact of life.  In the history of the Olympic Games it shows very few Olympians attain a "Perfect 10" in everything they attempt, but if they didn't strive for perfection by practicing, you know they probably wouldn't be an Olympian at all.

When I teach my children, I like to use the phrase “The more you practice, the better you will become” because the word “PERFECTION" has many different definitions, depending on the individual circumstance. There is one thing we all can agree on and that is consistent practice builds a strong foundation, and that, in turn, can build confidence.  So if we're not practicing our skills consistently, we just might be falling behind and losing confidence.  

Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.
Life is too short!  Whatever we do, the beginning is always the hardest, but the more we practice, the easier it will become and we'll be the better for it!! Just remember, no short cuts please.