I used to hear the term “perfect practice makes perfect” all of the time from the coach when I played high school basketball. I knew what he meant, but just the other night it really resonated with me in such a profound way. I was practicing on the piano and I was trying to perfect my song before I tried to record it. There are always certain areas of the song that I mess up on. I have to go back, take those parts, slow it way down, and practice it over and over until I can perform it without messing up at the tempo of the song.
If I don’t slow it way down, and practice it over and over and continue to mess up, then pretty soon I’m just practicing my mess ups. All of the so called “quality” practice time is only creating bad habits.
It is important to dig into the details of anything that you are doing so that you can pinpoint the weaknesses and work on those. However, it’s not enough to just work on them. This is what separates the good from the great. You have to be willing to take the time and develop the right habits. Focus on every intricacy in the beginning so that it becomes instinctive.
“Strive for greatness in all that you do. Don’t get in your own way of your fullest potential.”