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Practice makes perfect, but, what exactly are you perfecting? Educator Staci K. Haines and leadership coach Ng’ethe Maina unpack the right and wrong ways to practice a new skill or behavior. They reveal how to stop practicing negative behaviors and bring the value of practice to the forefront of personal growth for individuals or business groups. getAbstract recommends their article to managers interested in creating positive change in their company’s workforce and to people interested in efficient new skill acquisition.

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Staci K. Haines develops somatics and trauma courses. Ng’ethe Maina co-founded



If you want to improve at something – for example, playing the guitar, answering your emails or being more mindful – you have to practice. Practice can take one of two forms: “distinct” or “indistinct.” When you practice a musical instrument or sports skill, which requires devoting specific amounts of time to improving, you’re enacting distinct practice. When you reinforce attitudes or daily rituals, you’re using indistinct practice. If you practice, you’ll usually improve – even if what you’re doing is negative.

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