Want to know how to make everything easier? The formula is extraordinarily simple.
I have a daughter who is a third-degree brown belt in kenpo karate. She’s a powerhouse in the dojo and can whoop just about anyone’s trash if she has a mind to. But when it comes to talking to people and trying to make friends, she’s reticent and anxious. You’d be more likely to guess that she was an expert in crochet than that she had a wall full of trophies as a sparring champion.
She hasn’t realized that she learned the answer to her social woes way back when she was an orange belt.
Watching karate students learn to do hurricane kicks, is a bit like watching a man slip on a banana peel — over and over and over again. They kick, they fall. They kick, they fall. And it seems to go on forever.
But finally one day, after dozens and dozens of failures, their bodies figure it out. It clicks. They can feel it. And with only a little more practice, they can do the move without a second thought. It’s in their muscle memory and it’s easy walking down the street. Well, almost.
That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but thatÂ our power to do has increased.
Ralph Waldo Emerson had it right. Practice might not make perfect, but practice certainly makes things easier.
So, if you want do a hurricane kick — or anything else really cool — just do it. Again and again and again.