“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.” – Mahatma Gandhi
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Quote for the Day:
“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
When I was a kid I used to practice football everyday, when I was a teenager I used to run, do press ups and box everyday then at 19 I decided to become a dancer I practiced dance all day and stretched for 2 hours every evening, I have been stretching every evening since for 30 years when I retired from dancing in my 30’s I became a football coach, I studied and made up football drills everyday, soon afterwards I became a personal trainer and and made up workouts everyday for nearly 20 years, I also became a choreographer and choreographed everyday, when I turned 40 I began practicing yoga and meditating everyday, for the last 5 years after waking up early and meditating I have written every morning and for the last few years I seem to have been working on my business and financial plans everyday.
If Mahatma Gandhi, a man of great wisdom is correct then the law of averages say I should be pretty good at what I do?
It is said by many that it takes practicing a skill 10,000 hours to become an expert at it.
The 10,000-hours concept can be traced back to a 1993 paper written by Anders Ericsson, a Professor at the University of Colorado, called ‘The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance.’
It highlighted the work of a group of psychologists in Berlin, who had studied the practice habits of violin students in childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
All had begun playing at roughly five years of age with similar practice times. However, at age eight, practice times began to diverge. By age 20, the elite performers had averaged more than 10,000 hours of practice each, while the less able performers had only done 4,000 hours of practice.
The psychologists didn’t see any naturally gifted performers emerge and this surprised them. If natural talent had played a role it wouldn’t have been unreasonable to expect gifted performers to emerge after, say, 5,000 hours.
Anders Ericsson concluded that,
“Many characteristics once believed to reflect innate talent are actually the result of intense practice extended for a minimum of 10 years”.
It is Malcolm Gladwell’s hugely popular book, ‘Outliers’, that is largely responsible for introducing “the 10,000-hour rule” to a mass audience – it’s the name of one of the chapters.
Ericsson then pointed out that 10,000 was an average, and that many of the best musicians in his study had accumulated “substantially fewer” hours of practice. He underlined, also, that the quality of the practice was important.
“In contrast, Gladwell does not even mention the concept of deliberate practice,”
Gladwell counters that Ericsson doesn’t really think that talent exists.
“When he disagrees with the way I interpreted his work, it’s because I disagree with him,”
“I think that being very, very good at something requires a big healthy dose of natural talent. And when I talk about the Beatles – they had masses of natural talent. They were born geniuses. Ericsson wouldn’t say that.
“Ericsson, if you read some of his writings, is… saying the right kind of practice is sufficient.”
Gladwell places himself roughly in the middle of a sliding scale with Ericsson at one end, placing little emphasis on the role of natural talent, and at the other end a writer such as David Epstein, author of the ‘The Sports Gene’. Epstein is “a bit more of a talent person than me” Gladwell suggests.
One of the difficulties with assessing whether expert-level performance can be obtained just through practice is that most studies are done after the subjects have reached that level.
It would be better to follow the progress of someone with no innate talent in a particular discipline who chooses to complete 10,000 hours of deliberate practice in it.
I have practiced my own various skills for well over 10, 000 hours and the the result is a unique blend, the best of ballet, personal training, football, boxing, capoeira and exercise fused with the medative strengths of yoga, which has enabled me to become an expert in stretching, flexibility, range of motion for everyday life, breathing and meditation.
I have evolved this training and lifestyle philosophy to create The Elysium Training System.
The Elysium Way enhances and enriches lives allowing you to reach your full potential physically, mentally and spiritually.
And one of the main components of the Elysium Way is practicing yoga.
Practicing yoga everyday for 10 years has really helped me in all aspects of my own life.
The more I exercise and practice the stronger my breathing becomes and the more control of it I have of it and my mind.
The yoga poses and breathing teach me that if I control my breath I can control my mind. The pain and discomfort I feel in the awkward yoga poses, will go away if I breathe and stay calm. This mirrors situations in life which can seem impossible with no way out, but if you stay calm, focused and breathe then your head clears, the situation does not seem as bad as you first thought and you can see a way forward.
Yoga has taught me to focus my mind and not be distracted by outdoor forces and things that I cannot control.
I have also learnt that I cannot do all the poses or asana, but this is not failure, the point of yoga is not to be able to do all the poses, it is the daily process of trying to achieve them that is important. Because as soon as you have mastered a difficult pose, you will come across another one that you will feel is impossible, when you first start, but if you practice every day it will become a little bit easier as you improve every day.
This is the basis of my Elysium Training System.
If you would like to improve your breathing and clear your mind by introducing yoga into your life or to strengthen your daily practice to help you focus, smile more and achieve your goals and live the life of your dreams?
The Elysium Way
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Have a wonderful Wednesday peeps
Practice everyday and may all your dreams come true.
Breathe, Believe and Achieve
Be Happy, Healthy and Wise
Keep on Winning Smiling and Living the Dream