Ever wondered what it takes to get really good at something?
I know there’s a lot to be said for talent, but honestly, nothing can replace hard work and practice.
I wish I could say that I’m really good at practicing, but the truth is, I get frustrated when things aren’t easy the first time. Just last week, I attempted to make my first buttercream roses, and I had quite a few issues. Of course, most of it was because I hadn’t learned what I needed to.
For example: Who knew there was a difference between waxed paper and parchment paper? I grew up believing they were exactly the same.
Apparently not. That could have saved me a lot of struggling that night.
In nursing, it’s the same. I went to four years of school where information was crammed into my brain to the point that I didn’t think I’d be able to remember anything else. It’s only after years of practice and using my nursing skills that I feel confident in what I’m doing. After two or three times inserting catheters, or starting IV’s, I finally feel like a competent nurse.
|Okay, maybe not this kind of practice.|
So I guess it makes sense that I’m only now starting to feel like I know what I’m doing as a writer. It’s taken years of practice. But not just an every once in a while practice. Daily and constant.
There’s always something more to learn, something more to improve. Each time I learn something new, and once I master a skill, it’s on to learning a new one. It’s a matter of forming the habit.
What habits are you forming?