Reify 8&21

Welcome to your 3-minute pause. Let's focus on your practice of pursuing awesome.



It's a practice

Here's a word you can use immediately: 



It's a great label for anything you're working on. 


(Anything you care about but are still learning to do; 

any habit that you want but are still building; 

anything you're "bad at" or "struggling with"—

try labelling it a "practice.")



Practice is not perfect

Calling something a "practice" saves you from the pressure of being perfect.


Because practice isn't about showing up perfectly. 

It's about showing up. 

"Practice isn’t the thing you do once you're good. 

It's the thing you do that makes you good."


- Malcom Gladwell 

in his 2008 bestseller Outliers: The Story of Success



Every practice counts


"Every time you practice and repeat a physical motion, you build up the layers of myelin around your axons, improving their insulation. 


Scientists believe this extra insulation makes such a difference in the axon function that it essentially creates a sort of ‘super highway’ for electrical signals traveling through your body."

― From the article "Here's What Practicing Does to Your Brain 
(and How to Do It Right)" from Inc., by Wanda Thibodeaux



Embrace the "practice" label


"When we say we're practicing something, 

it implies that we're on a journey 

to get better at whatever it is we're practicing."

― Dr. Beth Brombosz,

yoga teacher, running coach, and writer


The human brain has approximately one hundred billion neurons—about the same as the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy.


Imagine all those neurons, firing paths to learn new things. 


Be compassionate with yourself! Give your galaxy of a brain some practice space to learn.



Talent is born; skill is practiced

"Talent is something we're born with: it's in our DNA, a magical alignment of gifts. But skill? Skill is earned. 

It's learned and practiced and hard-won. 


It's insulting to call a professional talented. She's skilled, first and foremost. Most people have talent, but only a few care enough to show up fully, to earn their skill. 


Skill is rarer than talent. Skill is earned. 

Skill is available to anyone who cares enough."

― Bestselling author Seth Godin in his 2020 book 

The Practice: Shipping Creative Work


What are you practicing today? 




Reify 8&21 is a digital publication 

intentionally sent on the 8th and 21st
to disrupt your status-quo 

with an encouraging reset.


Photo Credits: 


in-water image by Hassan Rafhaan on Unsplash

boxer image by AlemCoksa from EveryPixel

karate image by klimkin from Pixabay 

climber image Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

constellation photo by StockSnap

sunset yoga image by Steve Halama on Unsplash

silhouette with stars image by Patrick Boucher on Unsplash