I believe in that old saying everyone used to tell you while practicing a sport or studying for a hard test, “practice makes perfect”. This saying has applied to many things in my life and continues to be a constant voice in my head.
For some of the greatest athletes in the world, I believe this saying has much to do with their success. It may not be a proven fact that hearing these wise words works, but if you believe it enough, it has been shown to be extremely helpful. The example that best exemplifies this old saying is none other then Michael Jordan. Every athlete, in some point in their career is told the story of how Michael Jordan would take 100 free throws after practice every single day. The more shots he took, the more experienced he became, and the more it helped him while performing. Practice can and does make perfect. All it takes is that little extra time and dedication towards what ever the activity you are trying to perfect is.
I personally can apply this saying to my own life. A few years ago, I was in the best athletic shape of my life, yet I was still falling short of that first place podium. After each and every meet, I would tell my friends, family and coaches, “I’ll get it next time”. Unfortunately, I wasted 3 whole competitions before I actually took what I was saying to heart. It was at this time that someone reminded me of these wise words. “Practice makes perfect.” At that moment, I knew that something had to change, but what was it going to be? In practice that next day, it finally clicked. I was going to act as if every day was like another competition. You practice how you perform and everyone wants to perform perfectly. That was all it took. Each and every practice, I told myself that it was just another competition and eventually I started to believe it. I to this day tell myself that that’s all it took. That very next meet, I was the one standing on that first place podium. It felt so good to be looking down at the other competitors, the same ones that I had been looking up at just a week before.
“Practice makes perfect” are words that everyone should live their life by. I believe that if you live by these three simple rules your life will be so much more gratifying. You will indeed have to push your self to limits that you have never been to before. Yet the end result can be so great that you look back on your practicing struggles and you will applaud them. If you have ever heard the saying, the best things in life are free, it’s true. The things you can always get in life that are free include hard work, dedication, persistance and perfect practice. It may take a lot of hard work to get what you want, but I promise you, you will never have to pay for any of the things I just listed above.
One of the best quotes I have heard is “PrACTice like Champions”. I believe this little quote goes along with “Practice makes perfect”. In my mind, if you practice perfectly, you will become a champion. Some of the worlds greatest champions believe in this mentality that practice makes perfect. How else do you think they get so good? They practice, practice, practice. It is the only way to be as successful as you dream. My best advice to any up and coming star athlete, is to ask your self, do I believe in practice makes perfect? If the answer to that question is no, then you have some major hardships ahead of you. Nothing great ever comes with out believing in your self. The first step to believing in your self is perfect practice.
With every thing that has been addressed in this essay, I think the one thing that should be taken out of it is the idea that everyone has something to show, you just have to put forth the time and effort to practice perfectly. All the great athletes in the world, using Michael Jordan as an example believe in this saying. I am not quite up to par with the Lebron James’ and the Shaun Johnson’s but I aslo believe in “Practice makes perfect”. Don’t limit your self to using this idea in sports. Apply it to all aspects of your life, and I promise you, you will live happily and become more successful then you ever dreamed you would be. Remember “PrACTice like Champions” and always tell yourself that “Practice makes Perfect”!