In the classic nineties film “Groundhog Day”, Bill Murray finds himself caught in a time-loop: he is doomed to repeat the same day over and over again. Eventually, he begins to use his time more effectively: he learns to play the piano, he learns how to speak Italian and French, he sculpts ice, etc. Even though the day doesn’t change, Bill Murray’s character does and he grows as a result of it.
Is it just me or is the whole concept of practice the precise reverse of Groundhog Day? It doesn’t matter that days, people and circumstances change, the one thing that should never change is your practice. No matter what, you should just do the same thing over and over again, as often as you can.
Let’s put this another way, once you’ve learnt your ABCs, why would you keep reciting it over and over again? When do you stop practising and start using? Maybe you have to practice in order to use – in which case what have you actually learnt?
Better yet, when do you start learning something new?