Failure hurts. Just like running longer and harder huts. You get immediate feedback from running, though; you see the time, you see the distance. As well as the initial feedback, you see the results within a matter of weeks ‘(or less). These results are what you can celebrate in real time, and what you can adjust and improve on for the future. This is Deliberate Practice – observing what works and what doesn’t work, and then adjusting accordingly. Deliberate Practice is easy when the result can be measured while the action is still fresh in your mind.
“Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore give yourself fully to your endeavours.” ~ Epictetus
Your challenge is achieving the same structured growth and development in your personal and business persona, when the cause and effect are so far removed from each other that you cannot clearly state what worked and what didn’t work. Or when a success is achieved, you cannot clearly say what one thing created that success.
“We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
As a result, can we say that Deliberate Practice in life and in business is less about practicing and fine-tuning discrete actions, and more about practicing and fine-tuning habits?
Maybe the big things are only ever achieved by taking lots of little steps. Do I know of anything that’s been achieved in a few, large bounds?
Meditate on how Daily Habits would embody the Deliberate Practice for the growth of your personal integrity and leadership.