Why Blindly Practicing Will Lead You to Walls
Have you ever had the feeling of being eager to scratch, but when you finished you felt like you achieved very little? As exciting as scratching can be, if you're not consistently getting results from your sessions, you're likely to stop enjoying it so much. Too many sessions of thoughtless scratch practice will start to eat away at your self esteem. You would think the fact that you're regularly scratching should be enough, but it simply isn't.
Small Goals Lead to Big Achievements
Big goals are very important to have and downright vital should you wish to achieve anything truly fulfilling in life. However, you can't expect to reach such goals if you do not have smaller benchmarks to achieve along the way. You don't just come up with a massive goal for yourself then wake up the next day and it's achieved. Quite obviously, you have to work at scratching regularly to bring your dreams into reality.
So why is it that we tend to neglect the smaller things that make the big things possible? Is it because these smaller goals are too tiny to capture your imagination? Perhaps, but more likely it's simply because you just flat out didn't think of them before. Often times what's right under our noses is what needs our attention most.
Pointing Out the Obvious
When you go to the beach are you planning on having fun? Doesn't it seem silly to think of going to the beach without fun being involved? Well of course it does, but not having fun is exactly what will happen if you have no idea what you're going to do there. You just show up, sit down in the middle of the sand with no plans and do nothing. Pretty boring and ridiculous sounding right? You're probably wondering who in their right minds would do this. Yet that's exactly what you're doing every time you scratch and you've neglected to make any plans of what to do while you practice.
Small Goals Overload
Once you become aware of how important it is to set smaller goals for each practice session, you're probably going to have the opposite problem. You started off blindly practicing with little to no purpose, but now you're burying yourself in problems with your scratching that you expect to overcome each session. While it’s good to work on multiple things when practicing, it doesn't mean you need to drown yourself in goals.
Narrow it Down to One
Often times, it’s better to focus on one specific goal you want to achieve for each session. Doing so will keep your mind clutter free and you'll be more aware of how much progress you made on that goal when you’re done. Also, keep in mind if you're practicing scratching daily and you have one goal per day you're working towards, they’ll add up over time to tons of smaller goals. So in actuality, you're really working on many things all the time.
Alleviating the Pressure
You also need to understand you don't have to achieve any of these smaller goals in just one session. Sure it would be great and also quite possible at times. However, it’s not the end of the world should you fall short of any given goal. That’s why tomorrow exists. It’s not about getting to the finish line faster. It's about the continuous drive towards it.
If you run faster than anyone else and are about to win the race, but collapse from exhaustion, what good was all that hard work? Persistence in scratching is your biggest ally and persistence consists of regular, thoughtful, well paced action.
Article written by Kwote