365 Challenge: Day 237 – Practice

Practice: (a) the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use, or (b) repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it


There are times in life when you do something new. Sometimes those things excite you. Other times they scare you. As I said earlier this week, just because it’s strange doesn’t mean it’s bad or frightening. I have two new activities coming up in the month of November that I’ve never done before. Both are a bit intimidating, but I know that I’ll figure out how to make it best work for me before the reality happens. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to practice until I am comfortable with what I’m doing. You’ll all have an opportunity to witness the end result, but for now, I’m keeping the two events a tightly kept secret until I can safely make the announcement. I need confirmation. I need practice. I need to make it work.

In the meantime, I’ve copied in a few of my favorite quotes about what it truly means to practice. Some I believe in as the hard and fast truth; others are good reminders to keep an open mind and look at all the options. What are you favorite quotes on ‘practice?’


  • The discovery of what is true, and the practice of that which is good, are the two most important objects of philosophy. –Voltaire
  • Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors. — Confucius
  • You can’t hire someone to practice for you. — H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • Don’t practice until you get it right; practice until you cant get it wrong. — Anonymous
  • Practice makes perfect. — Anonymous


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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  1. Reblogged this on Growing Self and commented:
    Jay’s post hit home for me today, as we head to Detroit for the kids’ State Marching Band Competition! They are ranked 1st in the state, so we are hoping their “Practice”, dedication and passion for music allows the kids to leave their most amazing performance EVER, on the field today!

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  2. Some good quotes and reminders here. I think some are about practicing until you’re comfortable with a new activity (as in your case!) and others are about becoming comfortable about an idea. And of course, with a sport or an instrument, practice is about learning something to near perfection. Practicing a natural skill, though, can be trickier because the performance is a reflection of instinctive talent and preparation. But for a regular person like me, practicing something is always a good idea!

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  3. I believe that your two events will be amazing 🙂 Good luck!!

    One of my favourite quote – “If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others.” from Confucian analects. Which meant only if we review our old knowledge and continue to learn new things, then we can be the teacher of others.

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  4. Ha! You can’t say things like that and not tell us everything right away. So not fair LOL. Now about the quotes the last one was the one I would have chosen.

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  5. The discovery of what is true, and the practice of that which is good, are the two most important objects of philosophy. –Voltaire

    This speaks as truth to me and my own life’s ambition. Thank you, J.
    Wishing you moments of pleasure in your practice.

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  6. Jay, after reading all these comments I have no words left to say. They have all said what I want to say.
    To me, you are the kindest blogger I have met since the initial days of blogging. And you are still the same so that means you have been practising kindness every day.
    To be a good human requires practice every day every moment. It’s easy to be good human most days, but always is difficult. So I practise being a good human always. I am hot tempered so I have to consciously practise the art of cooling down.
    Everything requires practice. Work, way of being, living well, being kind, being patient always – patience requires the most.
    These are my views totally.
    Jay, on a humorous note, I use the word practice like this… My private practice (medical work) is down due to decreased economy, so I am practising the art of living frugally… Hehehe

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    • You have a way with words. Don’t ever stop practicing that art! 🙂

      I appreciate everything you said, and I’m glad it all resonates with you too. It’s a bit funny, I am pretty average in most things I do and I just look at this as a baseline for how everyone should try to be. It’s not always easy, and I had moments this week where I just felt exhausted and worried over reviews, but in the end, I always tell myself: I control my happiness and my interaction with other people. If I don’t give what I would like in return, then why should I ever expect or hope for that same kindness.

      Patience it truly a virtue… there are days when I just keep shouting it inside my head until my lack of patience is only with myself for not shutting up!


  7. I’m sure you will nail those two things although you said you have never done them before… I think you are highly goal-oriented and will do everything in your power to achieve your goals. I have a faith in you, Jay! Looking forward to the secrets reveal and I will keep my fingers crossed for your success!!

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