We have all heard the old saying: "Practice Makes Perfect." Like many people, I have been taught that my entire life. I believed that it was true for many, many years. Then I remember seeing an interview with Bret Saberhagen, the former Major League Pitcher. He said in that interview that was wrong, he had a little twist on the old saying, to him: "Perfect Practice, Makes Perfect, anything less is, well, anything less."
It was an epiphany for me at the time, after really thinking about it, it makes a lot of sense. If you practice doing something incorrectly, you will do it incorrectly when it comes time to do it. This is why when we are practicing things like scripts, role plays and what not, we really do need to pay attention to details, we need to make sure that we are getting things practiced the correct way.
This post was designed to be a follow up to some of my earlier posts about getting better each day and preparing to meet the opportunities as they come up. We need to be able to do them correctly and precisely, and the only way to do that is to practice perfectly!