Practice makes Progress
"Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people" - Jim Rohn
As I worked with one of my young clients I made the mistake of saying "Practice makes Perfect" whooaah... My client was quick to correct me "practice makes progress".
Growing up I was always taught to find perfection. Image and perfection were so important to my family. I believe they still are to some degree... it's hard to change things that have been engrained in your life.
" A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." -Albert Einstein
So I find myself repeating my new mantra over an over again to myself, my kids, my clients. I learned that perfect doesn't exist years ago. So it's an unrealistic goal and it's unobtainable. But it wasn't until now that I changed the mantra to fit what I know now.
When you set yourself up for perfection, your setting yourself up to fail.
For those of you taking accent modification classes, transgender voice enhancement classes, speech therapy, or voice therapy it can be easy to fall into the trap of having unrealistic expectations of perfection.
We, at MCVS, are hear to guide you through journey. We will support you from beginning to end even if that means we scale back from a goal of perfection to a goal of progress and improvement in your communication skills.
Changing something is hard. Relearning something is hard. Trust that the we work we do together and the work you do outside of our sessions do impact your communication skills in a positive light.
Be patient with yourself. Listen to your body. Release your fears. Make an effort to be present, not just physically present, but mindfully present during our sessions. This way we can support you in the best way possible to obtain your goals even if your goals don't match the opinions of others.