You may have heard this already, but apparently, in order to reach an “expert” level in a certain task, a person must spend 10,000 hours of intentional practice at said task. I’ve been playing the violin for almost 23 years and you know how many hours I’ve got under my belt? By the conservative estimates I made, I’m somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 hours. I may be closer to 4,000 or even just slightly over if I decide to be generous with myself. This was mind-blowing to me. This is an activity I’ve been doing my whole life! This is how I make my living, and I’m not even halfway to expert. So my biggest and most lofty goal this year is to practice 500 hours.
This is how I decided my word for 2015. Practice.
So what do you think of when you hear that word? If you’re a musician like me, perhaps it’s all the hours you’ve spent in your life with that instrument. If you’re an athlete, maybe it’s all those free throws you’ve made or miles you’ve logged during early morning runs. Practice comes in many forms.
This year, I’m going to practice. And not just my violin. I’m going to practice writing, most of which you’ll be able to read here. I’m going to practice photography by doing a 365 Photo project and posting all of my pictures on Instagram (so follow me over there 😉 ). And I’m going to practice spending time with my Savior by reading through the entire Bible this year, along with a whole bunch of other people.
Those are just a few of the ways I’m hoping to practice life this year. The big ones, anyway. I really want to focus on building lasting habits that can serve me well in all the different areas of my life. Yes, I have some other goals that you will probably be able to read about some more later on, but practice will be my priority over the next 12 months.
Do you have a word for 2015? What are some of your goals?