Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect

I’ve heard the saying “practice makes perfect” thrown around for years, and I just don’t get it. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Consider this: Pretend you’re in elementary school and you’re getting your first lessons on addition and subtraction. Your assignment is to go home and practice 2+2=4. But what if you get your wires crossed and start practicing 2+2=5?

Does that change the fact that 2+2=4? Of course not! So, if you practice the wrong things, you won’t get perfect.

Not even close. In my opinion, the saying should really be, “perfect practice makes you better.” The point is that great results are possible in all areas of life, as long as you determine what approach works for you.

If you keep practicing the wrong things, you’re not going to get different results. For example, maybe you’ve been exercising regularly but aren’t getting stronger or losing weight. It could be because you’re on the wrong fitness program. Or because you aren’t also eating right or getting enough rest. Or because the trainer you hired isn’t motivating. Or because you’ve hit a plateau, and what worked for you in the first three months doesn’t work now.

There are a million different variables,  and you have to constantly refine your practice if you want to continually improve.

Think about this!

Are you practicing something without getting results? If so, what changes can you make to practice more perfectly so the results you get are more consistent and lasting?


Clark Bartram has earned his reputation as "America’s Most Trusted Fitness Professional." In everything he does, Clark puts forth 100% in the hopes that he can benefit men and women who care enough about themselves and the people they love to do what it takes to "Live the Lifestyle." As a professional fitness model, Clark has appeared easily on the cover of over 130 fitness publications and is considered one of the most successful models in the industry. As a personal trainer, Clark has helped thousands of people transform their bodies and their lives, and is an ISSA Master Trainer. He is also the author of the how-to guide, You Too Can Be A Fitness Model, Spiritually Fit, A Fitness Program You Can Have Faith In and his most recent best selling book called Where Your Mind Goes, You Go.

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