Do it. Do it again. Do it again.

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Posted September 4, 2013 by Sara Hauber in On the Ladder
Sara Hauber practices Warrior III yoga pose.

Practicing Warrior III can make even this advanced pose easy. Really.

Whether it’s human nature or simply a cultural meme (described so beautifully by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book, The Evolving Self, we Career Girls are strivers. We constantly want to improve, to show our value, to be the best at what we do.

This quality is seen in anyone with goals that reach beyond their current state of affairs, and we typically associate such striving with physical prowess or musical talent. It’s from those two fields, sports and music, that I bring you the following concept that can help you succeed at whatever it is you’re striving to improve: Practice, practice, and practice some more.

In other words: Do it. Do it again. Do it again. Repeat.

Michael Jordan became the incredible basketball player he was by playing a LOT of basketball even outside of scheduled practices. He taught his body how to play the way he played. Masterful musicians like Tal Wilkenfeld (one of my favorite bassists) are as good as they are because they play. A lot. And then some more.

In the fitness world, this whole idea is known as the specificity principle: If you want to get better at something, you make your body do that thing again and again and again. You’re teaching your body a neuromuscular pattern that gets set into your central nervous system so that you no longer need to think while doing it–you become efficient and really, really effective at doing it without much effort at all. And then you advance your challenges and practice those newer, more difficult things until those become rote and so on. Pretty soon (well, maybe years from now) you’re a master.

I encourage you to apply the specificity principle not only in your fitness endeavors (Want to be a fast runner? Run. Then run faster. Repeat.), but in your career endeavors as well.

Whatever you want to achieve, keep practicing it. You will get better.


About the Author

Sara Hauber

Sara Hauber, M.A., is a certified wellness coach, yoga teacher, and functional-fitness specialist whose mission is to help you overcome obstacles to achieve radiant health and vitality. Since undergoing complete spinal fusion for scoliosis, Sara has been empowering others to transform their bodies, eliminate pain, and embrace joy, love, and life. In 2012 she introduced The Hauber Methodâ„¢, her signature at-home method for eliminating back pain: haubermethod.com.

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