By Adam Jusko, ProudMoney.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Not all practice is equal. If you like to golf, going to a driving range and hitting a bucket of balls is practice. It keeps you in a sort of rhythm so you don’t get worse. But it doesn’t necessarily help you improve.
On the other hand, if you do “deliberate practice” (a term coined by peak performance psychologist Anders Ericcson), you wouldn’t just drive some balls — instead, you’d have very specific targets to hit, you might bring a coach to watch your swing, you’d write down what felt different when you had an especially good drive. You’d go further than mindless practice that only maintains the status quo. You’d reach higher.