Notes From The Awareness: 308

In life there is no practice, only performance.

Please discuss. How does this play out in life?

I’ll start us out. When we attempt something new or difficult, we often think in terms of initial practice. We tell ourselves we’ll pretend to do something—but not for real—until we have a better handle on how to do it right. Our initial attempts don’t count, they’re just warm ups, or so we tell ourselves.

This can lead to us making half-hearted tries, not putting in our best effort. That’s okay if we’re content with so-so or simply adequate results. We’re not obligated nor is it healthy to operate at peak levels in every moment. But for undertakings that matter to us, we may want to be all in from the start.

Today’s message reminds me that in my life, everything is for real. Every belief, thought, and action of mine has consequence. When I understand this, I will make sure to invest my time, focus, and best effort on the beings and things I care about most. Everything I do is “live.”

How about you? How do you feel about practice versus performance?