20 Encouraging Practice Quotes That Will Ignite Your Fire

Practice

Have you been doing things with that mentality of practice makes perfect? Well, how about adopting a new one of ‘don't practice until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong'?

Regular practice sharpens all your rough edges and streamlines you until you are smooth enough to make fewer mistakes. That's the kind of practice you should be after, where your chances of doing it wrong reduce to the bare minimum.

Practice requires showing up and determination. There is a big difference between talking about what you will do and actually showing up to do it. The heart is often willing to succeed, but the mind sabotages the plan.

Although you really want to give in your best, your mind convinces you that there's always tomorrow to do it or that it's too hard to start now, but maybe another day will do. You may keep postponing getting up and working for what you want. In the end, so much time has passed, and you still don't have the will to get up and do it.

Practice requires you to go out there and do it. Whether you are feeling like doing it or not. Whether it's raining or it's sunny. You go ahead with regular practice no matter what you are feeling and no matter what's going on around you.

That's the only way you build resilience and the only way you will be able to make it. The more practice you put into something, the better you get at it. And with time, you are able to make less mistakes and produce perfect results.

Our practice quotes will motivate and encourage you to show up for practice no matter what. Regular practice is the only way around anything. Because unless you are regularly practicing, you are missing out on becoming better!

Practice Quotes

Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.

Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.

To hone my voice, I read everything, from books to cereal boxes, three times: once for fun, the second time to learn something new about the writing craft, and the third time was to improve that piece.

To hone my voice, I read everything, from books to cereal boxes, three times: once for fun, the second time to learn something new about the writing craft, and the third time was to improve that piece.

Writing wasn't just a form of expression. It was a form of pathology by embarking on spoken word over and over and over again and reciting my poems.

Writing wasn’t just a form of expression. It was a form of pathology by embarking on spoken word over and over and over again and reciting my poems.

Just like a skill or any art, We cannot possess hope without practicing it. It is the most fundamental craft we demand of ourselves.

Just like a skill or any art,
We cannot possess hope without practicing it.
It is the most fundamental craft we demand of ourselves.

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Much though he recites the sacred texts, but acts not accordingly, that heedless man is like a cowherd who only counts the cows of others — he does not partake of the blessings of the holy life. Little though he recites the sacred texts, but puts the Teaching into practice, forsaking lust, hatred, and delusion, with true wisdom and emancipated mind, clinging to nothing of this or any other world — he indeed partakes of the blessings of a holy life.

Much though he recites the sacred texts, but acts not accordingly, that heedless man is like a cowherd who only counts the cows of others — he does not partake of the blessings of the holy life.

Little though he recites the sacred texts, but puts the Teaching into practice, forsaking lust, hatred, and delusion, with true wisdom and emancipated mind, clinging to nothing of this or any other world — he indeed partakes of the blessings of a holy life.

The only thing is, people have to develop courage. Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

The only thing is, people have to develop courage. Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

People aren't born social. Sure it comes easier to some people... but most people, like you, need to work at it. Some more than others. You're just inexperienced. For example, as a martial artist, you have the strength to break the table with your fist. But you also have the self-control to stop your fist right before it hits the table. You weren't born with that control, were you? You had to refine it. It's the same as interacting with people. But training for that isn't in the mountains - it has to be in town where people live. Mingling with people, hurting them, getting hurt by them. That's how you learn about people and about yourself. If you don't, you'll never care about anyone but yourself. You may be a black belt fighter, but you're still a white belt in dealing with people. For the sake of the girl who will one day tell you she loves you... Don't turn away. Keep training.

People aren’t born social. Sure it comes easier to some people… but most people, like you, need to work at it. Some more than others.

I made practice runs down to skid row to get ready for my future. I didn’t like what I saw down there. Those men and women had no special daring or brilliance. They wanted what everybody else wanted.

I made practice runs down to skid row to get ready for my future. I didn’t like what I saw down there. Those men and women had no special daring or brilliance. They wanted what everybody else wanted.

Mousa: Well, I do not know who you really are. But by the way you look, I can see you have no experience in war, do you? C'mon, do you? Rambo: I've fired a few shots. Mousa: A few shots? Come on! Maybe you should go back home and think it all over again. For a very long time! Rambo: I did think it over. Mousa: You did? Well... This is your choice. But let me tell you, you cannot get this American alone. If you fail, do not blame me. I will accept no responsibility. Rambo: Sounds familiar...

Mousa: Well, I do not know who you really are. But by the way you look, I can see you have no experience in war, do you? C’mon, do you?
Rambo: I’ve fired a few shots.
Mousa: A few shots? Come on! Maybe you should go back home and think it all over again. For a very long time!
Rambo: I did think it over.
Mousa: You did? Well… This is your choice. But let me tell you, you cannot get this American alone. If you fail, do not blame me. I will accept no responsibility.
Rambo: Sounds familiar…

Buddhism, particularly as it is popularly practiced, promises improvement through karma. Islam and Christianity promise eternal paradise to the faithful. And that is a powerful opiate, certainly, the hope of a better life to come. But there's a Sufi story that challenges the notion that people believe only because they need an opiate. Rabe'a al-Adiwiyah, a great woman saint of Sufism, was seem running through the streets of her hometown, Basra, carrying a torch in one hand and a bucket of water in the other. When someone asked her what she was doing, she answered, 'I am going to take this bucket of water and pour it on the flames of hell, and then I am going to use this torch to burn down the gates of paradise so that people will not love God for want of heaven or fear of hell, but because He is God.'

Buddhism, particularly as it is popularly practiced, promises improvement through karma. Islam and Christianity promise eternal paradise to the faithful. And that is a powerful opiate, certainly, the hope of a better life to come. But there’s a Sufi story that challenges the notion that people believe only because they need an opiate. Rabe’a al-Adiwiyah, a great woman saint of Sufism, was seem running through the streets of her hometown, Basra, carrying a torch in one hand and a bucket of water in the other. When someone asked her what she was doing, she answered, ‘I am going to take this bucket of water and pour it on the flames of hell, and then I am going to use this torch to burn down the gates of paradise so that people will not love God for want of heaven or fear of hell, but because He is God.’

Happiness in marriage begins long before you say, "I do." By rediscovering and practicing the divine design for courtship before marriage, you'll help ensure lasting love and fulfillment in marriage.

Happiness in marriage begins long before you say, “I do.” By rediscovering and practicing the divine design for courtship before marriage, you’ll help ensure lasting love and fulfillment in marriage.

To make this a good morning and a wonderful Thursday, one easy tip is to begin a gratitude practice by finding three small things you can be thankful for in your life.

To make this a good morning and a wonderful Thursday, one easy tip is to begin a gratitude practice by finding three small things you can be thankful for in your life.

As you begin and finish your day, take a moment to be grateful for everything you have. You'll start to appreciate how fortunate you are.

As you begin and finish your day, take a moment to be grateful for everything you have. You’ll start to appreciate how fortunate you are.

Take a moment each day to be grateful for what you have. Make a point to focus on the positive rather than the negative.

Take a moment each day to be grateful for what you have. Make a point to focus on the positive rather than the negative.

I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness—it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude.

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness—it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.

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