Practicing isn’t just for musicians. Or ballerinas. Or Olympic athletes.
We all need to practice in order to improve. In order to learn. In order to ingrain strong habits within ourselves.
Practice enables us to do things. Even simple things like cooking. Or gardening. Or blogging. Practice also enables us to do things well.
The act of regular practice helps us to get better at innovating within our companies. Practicing innovation skills such as questioning, observing, networking, experimenting and associating, can enable us to effect change within our organizations.
Practice doesn’t have to be complicated or even time-consuming. Any of us can do it. The key to accomplishing anything is to establish a practice routine. Your routine may be weekly, semi-weekly, daily or whatever. The important thing is to carve out time on your calendar to engage in regular practice of the activities or skills that are important to you.
I think we all need to practice practicing. Or, as Aristotle so adeptly put it, “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
At the beginning of 2016, I began a personal experiment. I decided to challenge myself by writing a short daily post on my favorite composer, J.S. Bach.
My original goals were these:
Post daily (So far, I haven’t missed a day!)
Learn as I go
Share what I learn
Some of the other benefits I’m enjoying as a result of regular blogging are:
Learning to write more quickly
Becoming more adept at conducting research online
Making interesting new friends all over the world
Having thoughtful conversations with other Bach-lovers via social media
I was even contacted by American Public Media and invited to do a couple of interviews as to why Bach is my favorite composer. The result is two features being streamed nationwide on APM’s YourClassical.org.
Anyone can be a blogger. My best advice is to start with a topic that you’re passionate about. Set a few goals. Make blogging a part of your routine. It doesn’t have to be daily. A weekly or monthly schedule is totally acceptable.
With regular blogging and creative sharing, you will begin to position yourself as an expert in your topic. If you incorporate your blog within your website, your regular content updates will help keep Google and other search engines interested in your site resulting in higher search rankings.