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"Practice Makes Perfect" Does it?


August 2012

Yes, that is Perfect!


How often have we hoped to hear those words?  


Providing that perfect solution, that perfect response, that perfect performance is something many of us strive for. We want to make someone happy, we want to be picked, we aim for the perfect performance, and we want to have it be just right.


But what is right? And, right for whom? Is there ever really a perfect match?


Many times when we look to be "perfect" it is based on an external measure. What would happen if we began our pursuit of "perfect" with an internal measure, with an understanding our "perfect".


One of my favorite takes on being perfect was shared at a conference by coach/consultant Sharon Hoyle Weber. She said "The most perfect version of me is innately not me, not authentic." And "Your perfect self cannot hold a candle to your true self."


So, what about that old saying "Practice makes Perfect"?


I think there is a huge difference between chasing after perfect and practicing for perfect performance. When we chase after perfect, we're coming from a perspective of lack - we don't have the thing that we want. But when we practice for a perfect performance, we're active participants in preparing for success. So, how can we practice for authentic successful performance?


"Think of authenticity as your foundation." Jack Welch


Know yourself; your history, your today and your desired future. Review how your accomplishments, values, strengths and weaknesses factor into the choices that are present. Create a game plan, make a play book and practice from that play book.


Practice is a discipline that is valuable to any situation where we want to be confident and true to ourselves. For example, think about responding to an interview question. Have you ever answered a question just as you wanted to in head and then heard something completely different when you said it out loud? Practice is not about being able to perfectly recite a scripted response. Practice is how we know ourselves well enough to respond clearly, concisely and with a message that reflects our approach and the talents we bring to the task at hand.


With practice we learn our current strengths and our weaknesses. With practice we learn to manage our current skill level to our current set of circumstances; opportunity or obstacle. With practice we learn how to create value. With practice we learn to play to our strengths.


Practice connects us to our most authentic self and brings our true self to our performance. That sounds just about perfect to me.




As a coach my intention is to encourage the playful engagement of your most authentic self and raise your energy to promote peak performance and self-care. With the power of Play I look to promote courageous, creative, carefree and caring energy for each opportunity for growth. I hope you follow along, add your comments on my "Ride the Glide" blog and take your own journey toward finding sustainable energy for authentic peak performance and self care.


Connect to Joyful Living through Playful Engagement and find your most authentic healthy self.  


In past newsletters I have shared an approach to life's journey that supports building a future with a positive attitude and the energy to explore all that is possible; (click here read more) or learn more in a complimentary session, visit




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It is up to each of us to find our
Passions, our Playgrounds,
our Plan, and our Purpose --
To Play our Own Game.

Barbara Newton, PCC, ELI-MP

Professional Certified  Coach
Energy Leadership™ Index Master Practitioner  






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" Practice connects us to our most authentic self and brings our true self to our performance. That sounds just about perfect to me. ."   

Coach Barb


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Commit to bringing your authentic self to all you pursue and in the process find that source of renewable energy.

Sign up for a complimentary session and begin to explore how returning to your authentic playful self will bring a source of energy that:

  • Taps  into your passions to find the joy for self-care
  • Builds on your strengths and your capacity to achieve success

Where will you find a renewable, sustainable source of energy that supports completions and new beginnings? 



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