I tell my clients all the time to establish a practice. “Don’t just review performance annually! Give feedback ongoing as a matter of practice.” Or, “Keep having those one-on-one meetings! Don’t be put off if people resist at first – it’s a practice.” I even have a friend who said the old saying, “Practice Makes Perfect” should be replaced with “Practice Makes Progress.”

All that said, I realize I have a blog without an established practice of adding to it.

What keeps us from letting a positive practice take root? We have plenty of practices that aren’t so healthy so we are absolutely capable of HAVING a practice. So why is it so hard to get one going that would serve us?

It might not be the same for you but I think for me it is the “Comfort Zone.” I get into a rut and stay there. Then it’s difficult to pull myself out of it. For example, a few short years ago I could ride my bike up a gnarly road called “Mountain Charley” in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Gnarly is not a common word in my dictionary but completely fitting here. Today I’m in a rut of choosing to walk to the harbor instead of getting on my bike. Mountain Charley? Ha! I don’t think I could even DRIVE it. I’ve gotten into a comfort zone of walking instead of riding. Am I capable of returning to that level of cycling fitness? You bet. But it will require establishing a practice as well as challenging my comfort zone.

Sometimes when I think of blogging I agonize about what to write. Let the inner critic begin its diatribe. “What can you say that hasn’t been said by Stephen Covey?” or “Your clients will read this! What will they think??” or “What if it isn’t interesting?” and on and on. The funny thing is, after all this time of NOT blogging I simply sat down and out it came. No agonizing.

I retract my statement about comfort zone. I think we get stuck because we think too much.