Has anyone said to you recently, “Practice makes perfect”? That’s what I heard all the time when I was growing up. Need to be able to write fluently? Well, that’s why we had homework. Wanting to go on holiday to France or Spain and need to learn the language? Well, you need to practice. Professional ballet dancers, professional golf players, professional soccer players all put in hours and hours and hours of practice. Sure, their body needs to be able to make the moves effortlessly and without thought, but there is more to it than that.
Any time you learn a new skill that you want to master, you need to practice. And the answer lies with your brain.
When we learn anything new we change our brain – it’s what neuroplasticity is all about. It happens easily in childhood, but it never stops, even as we grow old. If it did, we would do the same things time and time and time again, without learning anything new.