The Importance of Practice
When it comes to the process of bettering one’s self or trying something new, there is an essential part that should not be underestimated — practice. And while many people may be held back from truly going for something because of the fear of failure, Justin Thorstad, founder of Libertas Real Estate, says that all it takes is a little (okay, a lot) of practice.
When it comes to practice, he uses trying a new sport as an example. “Let’s say you want to take up golf. So you buy the equipment, you get a coach… and then you realize you have no idea what you’re doing,” he begins. “But that’s the point. It doesn’t matter what you want to practice, if you have the desire for the end result and set the intention to get better at something, you can achieve it… But you also have to give yourself permission to really suck at it at first.”
He reminds people that nothing anyone does well comes without practice — like learning to walk, ride a bike or swim. Getting really good at these seemingly basic things, and other more advanced things, requires a lot of practice. He also says trying something new serves as a form of brain enrichment.
“When you learn something new, it fires new neurons in your brain, and neurons that fire together wire together. So if you keep doing it and practicing, you will better,” he says, adding, “Practice and learning lay the groundwork for neurological pathways in the brain and also teach the body to do something new through muscle memory. Through practice, the body will learn how to swing a club, for example. It will learn how to move, what to do and what not to do to get better.”
Switching from a tangible practice like a sport, Justin also reminds people that they have to practice certain less tangible ones that they wish to get better at also. “A daily practice of meditation, gratitude and appreciation can remind your brain and body what real joy and love feels like,” he says. “Are you practicing relaxing the mind, opening the imagination, visualizing and connecting to the energy of a future event as if it’s here now?”
In order to achieve something or reconnect to a feeling, practice is required. So he suggests that people who want to retrain their brain not to get upset or irritated throughout the day and instead feel healthy, wealthy, abundance, alive and vital, need to practice these feelings on a daily basis as part of a morning ritual.
“No matter what you want to achieve, it’s going to take repetition and time,” he says. “You have to be patient and loving with yourself. You have to give yourself that permission to suck at first.”
But through repetition and time, and small, seemingly insignificant changes made little by little day by day, Justin says people can become something or achieve something they never even thought possible. And it all begins with taking the first step and getting into motion towards the desire. And then taking the next step and the next.
Finally, he encourages people to practice something new not to elevate themselves because they’re not enough, but to elevate themselves because they truly want to. So when thinking about what one wants to achieve on the path to elevating one’s self, remember the important element of practice.