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10 Commandments of Deliberate Practice

Note to Writer:

Main Source: Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, by Geoff Colvin.

 

Colvin begins the book by examining the lives of several famous “greats,” including Tiger Woods, Mozart, Jack Welch, and Jerry Rice. He says that most people think their greatness arose either from a) hard work; or b) talent. Colvin says neither and uses scientific and anecdotal evidence to support his claim. Instead, he points us to “deliberate practice.” Not simply working hard, but working the right way. Deliberate practice, often the fruit of effective mentoring, has five elements:

  • It is an activity designed specifically to improve performance
  • it can be repeated a lot
  • feedback on results is continuously available
  • it’s highly demanding mentally
  • It isn’t much fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contents

COMMANDMENT ONE: DELIBERATE PRACTICES- AN INTRODUCTORY NOTE. 3

COMMANDMENT 2: DELIBERATE IMPROVEMENT OF PERFORMANCE. 6

COMMANDMENT THREE: THE PORTION OF REPETITION IN TALENTS AND PRACTICES. 9

COMMANDMENT 4: THE BASIS FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENTS. 12

COMMANDMENT 5: MENTAL INSPIRATION TO SUCCEED.. 15

COMMANDMENT SIX: THE UNEASY STEPS TOWARDS CHRIST. 17

COMMANDMENT SEVEN: HOW BEING DELIBERATE BENEFITS TALENTS. 19

COMMANDMENT EIGHT: PURPOSING AND REPURPOSING DELIBERATE PRACTICES. 21

COMMANDMENT NINE: THE OUTCOMES OF DELIBERATE PRACTICES. 23

COMMANDMENT TEN: DELIBERATE PRACTICE FROM BIBLICAL CONTEXT. 25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMANDMENT ONE: DELIBERATE PRACTICES- AN INTRODUCTORY NOTE

“Only through practice and more practice until you can do something without conscious effort. “

Joe Hyams

Power Truth

 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:9 NRSV

 

 

Geoffrey Colvin comes out very clearly with his claim- that an excellent performance does not rely on talent. Still, they deliberately purpose to excel by re-engineering a regimen suited towards their implementation. Therefore, what we refer to as deliberate, in the real sense, is the core driving force of the would-be top achievers.

In light of Colvin’s claims, there are elements that symbiotically provide the pillars to the ultimate success. Colvin seems to wade through important notes, marking a clear distinction – that talent is nothing when compared to the passionate soul persistently seeking validation through achievements.

Being deliberate is being tailored to achieve something. The claims of Colvin have solid backing by a synopsis of key personalities. From a brief look, top performance does not happen in a vacuum but takes the overview of a target that a character pursues relentlessly in their life.[1] Being deliberate means purposing just to achieve it. Although Colvin talks of deliberate practices, in reality, since they are the realities that apprentices face towards their progression towards prowess.

How do we know that they are top achievers? From the look of things, there has to be a scale- deliberately put in place to gauge the performance and single out the most excellent achievers from the ordinary folks.

In his epistle to Timothy, Paul singles out discipline[2] as the exercise the Christians should embrace towards ensuring they remain in the course of being forever united with Christ. Indeed, Christian living isn’t easy; however, it’s the practice that makes things easier. Drawing from the saying, “Practice makes perfect,”[3] the claim befits the Christian daily living. Although things may be challenging, believers should deliberately pray for the empowerment from God that makes things achievable- but not easy.

Building up being used to it (outstanding performance) takes the form of a learning curve.[4] At inception, what seems unachievable slowly takes form as things clear-up, and the seemingly hard things become the usual norm.

Colvin draws his support regarding deliberate practice form the life of Tiger Woods.[5]  Woods was inducted into golfing quite early in his life. At some point, in his early teenage ages, Woods overtook his father in golfing and never looked back ever. His planned induction into the golfing hall of fame is scheduled for 2021.[6]

Looking into the life of America pace setter- Jack Welch[7] in management, he ended up completing a very long career in the company- General electric from 1960 to 2001. Welch arose from an ordinary employee into the board of General Electric, steering the company through highs and lows. Welch deliberately purposed to manage the company away from political and social uproars facing GE for all his years at the helm.

Mozart[8] also falls among the few pillars from whom Colvin ekes his support for the thesis of deliberate practice- acclaiming it to be more significant than talents posed by anyone. Having being introduced into violins right from childhood, Mozart rises through an unfailing trajectory of masterly. Finally, Mozart ends up falling into the ranks of the few most excellent achievers in his musical niche.

Deliberate practice is the methodology that believers should have as a must. All of us come from all our walks of life but must deliberately learn, unlearn, and re-learn the new ways of our lives in Christ. The talent that we all possess is the knowledge of eternal life, which is our dream then we transition past our earthly lives. The purpose of Christ was to lay an example- which we follow with the help of spiritual nourishments from our clergy. And what is the role of the church in deliberate practices? They introduce us and keep inducting[9] us in favor of living our life as Christ wishes.

What now

  1.       What does Paul equate to Christian discipline?
  2.       What is the role of the clergy regarding deliberate practices?
  3.       What should Christians believe in regarding facing easy situations?

 

 

 

COMMANDMENT 2: DELIBERATE IMPROVEMENT OF PERFORMANCE

“Through practice, gently and gradually, we can collect ourselves and learn how to be more fully with what we do.”

Jack Kornfield

Power Truth

But be doers of the word and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.  For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror;

James 1:22-23 NRSV

 

Every society has sets of beliefs, and they have been there for several generations. But one critical question we may ask is this -How did they just come up or a taught us to behave in this way or that?  Mike Cosper[10] discloses that belief perfect on two great pillars. The two Pillars are induction and intuition. When it comes to induction, we learn from teachers and mentors.

 

On another note, human beings have an endowment with great intuition and one good example of how we learn by imitation. We learn to pray, praise, and make confessions without any forms of formal schooling for it. We know by discerning what we see and witness[11] happening around us. One outstanding student- Amy Cuddy,[12] deduced great insight from her study about the power pose. She is mostly known for her mantra – “- fake it till you make it.”[13] Therefore, great learning and improvement can be deliberately achieved by taking stances that believe in success and not failure whatsoever.

 

Teachers are the primary shapers of our characters.[14] Especially when it comes to real praise and worship, believers draw colossal inspiration and motivation from their pastors. Believers take them to be the best they have in society- and hence the tendency to follow closely on what they teach and advocate. The community follows their ways, almost subconsciously. The overall transformative effect conforms to both copying and coping. When it comes to affecting performance, it depends on the levels of belief and action from the leaders, because they are the forerunners.

 

The core aspect of re-engineering efforts and focus on success is merely habitual. The simple acts get shaped at the back of minds and, in actual activity, become the realm that transforms everything. Therefore, anyone desiring success and outstanding achievements can have a straightforward route- it composes the simple acts that are purposely done instead of success (targets). When a being is consumed in both mind and body into the chronic levels, there occur many opportunities to both benchmarks and keep improving.  Drawing our insights from the finding of Ian Pavlov- success then becomes wired into our brains, we desire it. We have to pay the price by deliberately believing and actuating the victory, by simple schedules in our life. Pavlov illustrates (Reflex actions) the ingraining of the desire, so intense that it becomes part of the willingness ruling our life in the courses of time.

 

Success through rides on talent comes out as a variable that leans more heavily towards the desire to make things happen. A person can be very talented but unmotivated. In real terms, they end up as average, where they should have achieved enormously. It, therefore, does not just happen from the blues- there has to be the desire coupled with actual actions that display a commitment to it. In some circles, people cite that a long journey starts with just one step. And it’s that first step that makes the overall difference. Success and outstanding performance are simply states, which people must not only desire but be more than willing to pay the price to make them realities in the course of their lives.

Deliberate acts designed to improve the performance fall within the scope of the high discipline. There could be a very talented player, yet lacking in discipline ends up ruining their impressive careers. Discipline and practice go hand in hand. It’s the discipline that pushes one to make the daily attempts to make it.

In matters of faith, one cannot say that they’ll wait and believe everything about Christ on their last day on earth.[15] How do they know their days in the first place?  In overall, there cannot be any form of achievement less than the preconceived plan to succeed. Of most important is not the achievement itself, but the techniques to get it right every day, and all through life.

 

What now

  1. Why is it not enough to just visualize success and wish for it?
  2. Who are the first shapers of character?
  3. How long can one wait in matters of faith to believe in Jesus Christ?

 

 

 

COMMANDMENT THREE: THE PORTION OF REPETITION IN TALENTS AND PRACTICES

 

Practice makes better, and prayer makes perfect. The more we do, the easier it gets, and all the while praying perfects us in the art. “

TemitOpe Ibrahim

 

Power Truth

“Beware of practicing your piety before others to be seen by them; for then, you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Matthew 6:1 NRSV

 

 

Ken Sande[16] is very categorical in his steps regarding how faith transforms a community. In a nutshell, he sets out five steps moving from disbelief to a state where results flow out almost inherently. The chain of results specified is not instant; in fact, the actions show that there’s vast room for repetition of things. When one looks at a community generically, the composition comprises of persons falling within different levels of cognitive ability.[17] Therefore, not all practices can be grasped in situ. The same applies to the main reason why training of teachers zeroes into teaching methodologies- understanding the students with some falling between very fast or prolonged ability to learn.[18]

Amy Cuddy, famous for her power pose proposition, lays emphasis or repetition.[19] So, it’s the deliberate will to take on repetitive tasks that ingrains it into practice that then arises as normality. While thinking on the same plane, repetition blends well with the saying that “repetition is the mother of all learning.”

Concerning the argument that talent is overrated, there is some core truth in that claim. Well, in the first place, talents are there within the personalities around us. But in the first instance, do they know that they are talented? Although talent gives a person the ability to accomplish great feats-which are seemingly hard for an ordinary person, it does not mean that talent locks out will. If you look keenly at great achievers, they at first accept that they are talented. They build on the abilities, or in better words narrowing down to whatever sharpens them towards the hallmarks of unrivaled achievements.

Usually, repetition is tiresome, rather monotonous. But, the ultimate achievement of targets is so alluring for an achiever. The monotony and jaundice are whiled away as they iteratively accomplish mini-steps towards the best of their achievements. A befitting example is the one concerning the training of army officer cadets. While the pieces of training are intense in both repetitive tasks and stretching the capabilities of human achievements, the end product is a life of unrivaled outstanding behavioral changes that seemingly are out of this world.[20] Bear in mind that cadets are not just officials, but they bear the heavyweight of the think-tanks that guide the general soldiers (they must inspire those entrusted under their command.)

One clear trajectory is the tying of results to time. Over time, the most challenging things become ordinary to them. It’s the discipline to go through repetition that softens the stance. It moves one from denial to acceptance. Repeating and reworking things[21] can be the most difficult task one may ever face. While the thought of completion arises, that of starting all over again seems to choke. Repetition bores. So, having an obvious target may be the only game changer-a visionary kind that is so attractive for the aspiring soul.

If you happen to look closely into the training of aircraft pilots, they take time. Even past, when they can fly alone, it’s recommended that they fly for a minimum number of hours, to acquaint themselves with matters relating to their profession entirely. For example, in Kenya, pilots have been allocated a not less than 45 flight-hours minimum.[22]

Does repetition mean failure? Nay, it should encourage one to look at matters again, a second third and fourth time, or as much as one can repeat things to get everything clear. In history, Thomas Edison[23] repeated many experiments attempting to create the modern-day bulbs, failing on those many times. What was his inspiration? Each failure accounted for a documented way a bulb could never have been made. It’s out of repetition that Edison managed to discover the way to make a bulb.

What now

  1. What does repetition mean?
  2. What is Amy Cuddy mostly known for?
  3. What does minimum flight hours enforce for piloting trainees?

 

 

COMMANDMENT 4: THE BASIS FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENTS

 

“Preaching is to much avail, but the practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic. “

Hosea Ballou

Power Truth

For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness.

Romans 10:3 NRSV

 

Christian belief is a lengthy affair; it is not a one-stop-shop, but open up for continued improvements along with life. The basis of continuous development derives from the realization of the imperfections[24] that plague our hearts. Christ calls us from fault to perfection through learning and implementation of what he teaches us.

Drawing from God’s command regarding the Sabbath, Exodus 20: 9 says, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work.” Therefore, that unearths another significant thought, why rest and worship? We all know that there has to be room for the order. The mere observance of Sabbath is, therefore, an orderly way to consider God across all aspects of life. Sabbath draws the line between everyday work and working for God. It’s on Sabbath day that we worship as a congregation, that precious time when God’s appointees take to the pulpit to offer Spiritual nourishment- a deliberate orderliness to tend the flocks of Christ in faith, hope, and love.

Order emanates from long-established norms. In ordinary management control[25] is a crucial function, it ensures that things are monitored, and those going off curve are spotted and remedial action taken in correct timings. In essence, control is deliberately deployed to ensure that things[26] perform as close to normal as possible. Control helps in eventual improvements of achievements over time. The act of monitoring achievement itself is preceded by the desire to overcome an obstacle, by continuous practice and pursuit of higher relative scores. South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela, figuratively cites human achievement as a hill, each with relatively higher height than the former one- when you reach the top of one, you are amazed by the vision of yet another taller hill- which upwells the desire to climb to the apex again.[27]

In all, the overriding factor is the desire to excel; it’s the power that spikes that drives souls and minds towards the wisdom of taking on the small steps towards achievements. Saint Paul comes out very Cleary when he writes about the roles of fellow Christian believers- to rebuke and correct each other.[28] So, the position of one another gain prominence- where a true friend in not a partaker in sin, by “just watching us go wrong.” In ordinary circles, a true friend helps us by telling us the truth- where we get it wrong and encourage us to correct it. Real friends give feedback, honestly. True friends spot our fallacies and never chuckle at it; they understand we too are human.

The entire mission of Christ took a key focus on correcting and giving relevant examples of feedback- both deliberate and on special occasions. In Christ, the Sabbath and feedback get a renewed meaning. Sabbath means not rushing to church and leaving behind a neighbor’s house on fire.[29] A very relevant and deliberate instance comes out very clearly from the Parable of the Good Samaritan. In more detail, Christ also speaks about leaving your donkey stuck in a river to attend the Sabbath. The best instance of true Sabbath regardless of the day of the week, it’s observed gets a true meaning when one can confess to fellow brothers and sister. That is of higher preference than offering our hard-earned riches before God’s altar.[30]

Believing that we are God’s children humbles us to take heart and repeat inspiration to our hearts and those around us. Yes, we get to church every Sunday of the year, it’s repetitive, and that is in the proper order of God’s will.

What now?

  1. Why is it meaningless to just rush to church on Sabbath day?
  2. Is there a repetition of things in Christian belief?
  3. Why is repentance central to Sabbath’s day?

 

 

COMMANDMENT 5: MENTAL INSPIRATION TO SUCCEED

“Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.”

Hyman Rickover

Power Truth

Train children in the right way,
And when old, they will not stray.

Proverbs 22:6 NRSV

 

The church in the age of Christ’s grace has blessings from the presence of the Holy Spirit as the helper. It’s through it that we recognize that the willpower to love Christ is not a virtue anyone can ever purchase using paying money.[31] In better words, one must find the real inspiration to drive them through the process of Christ’s love, understand it deeply, and then allow it to manifest upon our lives. When Christ tells us to love our enemies, what does he mean? Love is intense, and in the Agape sense means selflessness.[32] It’s ordinary to hate anybody construed to be an enemy – but Christ repeats- love your enemies. In a real sense, we may struggle so hard to get to the bottom of those words. But, from a critical point, you may realize that our enemies are harmless. Beyond that, you may still recognize that they have no use for you, leave alone time for you. R. Kent comes out strongly, offering an alternate route for those struggling to love their enemies,[33] he zeroes down to transforming oneself as opposed to battling vices that people may never change. Loving a neighbor who values me not can be challenging, but it can be easier if I learn to live without harming them in whatever way.

In a closely related outlook, Christ says- Pray for those who persecute you- for in doing so, you shall heap coals of fire on their heads.[34] It’s also another challenging guidance, taking the soft sports for persecutors and going down on our knees for their sake. It may seem like the hardest of Christ’s request. But, let’s look at it this way, a lost soul persecutes you, unknowing that you are perpetually covered in the blood of Christ and his entire arsenal of salvation graces. When you intervene for their sake, you take on the stance of Christ, whom we follow.[35]

The mental energy to love those who hate us is not a simple feat ever. Amazingly, the power to love others is given freely. No being is ever charged for loving others. It is that perpetual and repeated notion that we must adopt for us to live willingly in the ambits of Christ’s wishes.

Revivals come in when we rest and reflect on our ways, time and again. Since changes are as great as rest, mental energy, channeled to love God, and humankind isn’t a one-day accomplishment. The lowest position one can ever fall back into a drawing board is never to lose in hope.

However, iterative the options to show love and kindness seem, they are limitless.[36] They are eternal in the virtue of their source, God Almighty. The best and relative instance of God’s love conforms to a candle with a flame. When the flame is used to light up the next candle, its heat and light never diminish, and that is how God’s love works. No one can lessen it, and none is ever a loser by loving others limitlessly. In any case, it just multiplies[37] on individual human fulfilments.

Lastly, the highest love can never be to oneself- it can only emit away from us.[38] With love, our minds and their mental energies are given limitless opportunities to practice Christ’s highest call- to love God and man. It’s a high calling, and to achieve it, the bodies obedient to the flesh fall short of meeting it. The most simple formulae to attaining love for others and God is to walk in the spirit of the Lord.

What now

  1. What is the critical thing with the church after Christ’s earthly mission?
  2. What comes out when we sit and reflect through our pasts?
  3. How limited are the opportunities to show love and kindness to others?

 

 

COMMANDMENT SIX: THE UNEASY STEPS TOWARDS CHRIST

“We are practicing what we preach so that we may preach what we practice. “

Ralph Nader

Power Truth

For God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.

Hebrews 6:10 NRSV

Our talents help us towards making the uneasy way towards Christ. And they are not absolute regarding what Christ requires us to fulfill as we take steps to follow him. Talent alone won’t bring us to eternal life, but deliberate willingness to transform will. A considerable portion of the spiritual nourishment emanates from one another- therefore, a symbiotic relationship is underpinned within the power of togetherness within congregations.[39] Formality brings many people together, and though a great step, it has some downfalls. They include too many persons together, making it hard for the real purpose of the church to thrive. It is in light of that, where they meet more personal needs of each other, and that cumulatively magnifies the critical role of small Christian groups arises.

At an individual level, selflessness[40] and commitment define a Christian, and within a small Christian group, the same finds prominence.[41] Our commitment to Christ remains – carrying the cross and following him. In a real sense, it’s not easy. It’s long and tedious to struggle with the desires of our bodies. On that note, we require making sense out of the hardships we face daily and all along, and Christ is never far away whenever we need help.

While making sense out of Christ’s call, we happen to fall within different categories predefined by our talents and wills to win against the strongholds of hell.  There is the mention of yokes,[42] where Christ mentions this as easy. To some among us, it may seemingly be the tallest hill they may ever climb. As an inception, we are all gifted with different abilities, and thus presented with personally befitting opportunities to steer away from evil thoughts, acts, and wills – breaking yokes of bondage and freeing our souls towards the mercies and consolations in Christ. To give further emphasis to that, Christ says- “Here on earth, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I’ve overcome the world.” So then, it should be part of our deliberate practice to arise- beyond our talents and iteratively furnish our souls with what Christ intends of us.

In modern management, teamwork[43] is hailed as a critical contributor to organizational success. The emphasis of belonging to and actively partaking of the roles within a small Christian community forms the same benchmarks for us to always evaluate and improve on our practices. They give us real-life scenes of those we closely relate. At the end of each day, we have cohorts of questions to rise within ourselves and find answers. Can I help with this or that? Can I propose this or that? And all that should boil down to beneficial trends with symbiotic effects within whichever small Christian group we belong.

The smallness of a Christian group should not limit its capability.[44] Ideally, there should be ample time for the constituent believers to explore their gifts and see how they can uplift themselves and others in the name of Christ. In better words, Christ gives the instance within the parable of the yeast. Though small, yeast multiplies and causes a massive portion of dough to rise. There’s no better way to redefine the role of a small Christian group other than that. However, due care should be deliberately taken to steer the achievements of the great heights into being within the landmarks of Christian beliefs and benefits.

The best way to approach the elemental of a small Christian community is the view of places to talk out with others, hold discussions, and share experiences for learning and improvement. Indeed, the room within a small Christian community enables us to closely interact with more freedom for practicing and discerning what Christ wants of us, through the Holy Spirit of God.[45]

What now

  1. What is the meaning of yeast in Christ’s parable?
  2. Should a small Christian community act small?
  3. How does Christ encourage us regarding the tribulations we face here on earth?

 

 

 

COMMANDMENT SEVEN: HOW BEING DELIBERATE BENEFITS TALENTS

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. “

Anton Chekhov

Power Truth

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Matthew 7:24 NRSV

 

It is fair to start from a point that high achievements do not just happen by magic.[46] There need to be deliberate acts that channel one through the highway of achievements trending upwards. While victories mean different things to different people, the same pathway holds. There is a saying that refers to planning as the deliberate acts that are streamlined to ensure a set target is achieved. So, planning by itself is a way towards achievements. The opposite of it is also true- not planning amounts to planning to fail.

Since achievements are relative and vary from person to person, each has a story to tell, and the truth is, deliberate actions form the basis of the stories. In life, no one can be everything, but you can choose to be someone. The choice to be someone is by itself informed the first step to live in line with that purpose they target deliberately.

The beneficial acts of iterations outlined towards purposed achievements massively benefit from set steps followed along the way. They are minute benchmarks that help in gradual improvements. What happens is an aspirant can record, both subconsciously and by other means, and pick notes to improve and rectify on. There is a back on forth that takes place at many fronts, but of most importance is the personal decisions- they are the key anchors that act as landmarks for manipulation towards the ultimate intentions.

Is there another way to achieve other than through talents and deliberately purposing to make it? Indeed, it’s no. That almost predisposes[47] a long and treacherous way for achievers to trail through, facing the numerous challenges and triumphs along the way. In reality, Gold is refined when it’s subjected to the thrilling hot furnace. A similar scene applies for would-be achievers, allowing them to face head-on with pieces of training that shape them towards learning, re-learning, and in extreme cases, unlearning the ropes altogether.

One of the best ways to be a top achiever comes out clearly when a person can align their life with God’s calling.[48] Though not many can link up with this, it’s a beautiful scene when one builds upon what God has allowed them to possess. In total, there is a massive outcome that rides on heaven sent graces on one’s way towards their achievements.

Deliberate acts form a solid ground for one to graduate through numerous circles. The beneficial aspect arises when one is devoted to a cause so dearly. So, it becomes a resounding reminder to seek the minute ways that make the differences. It’s the cumulative effect of those minute differences that makes the overall difference in shaping the success story.[49]

Talent is best shaped by deliberate actions, channeling energies toward a creative space- one that at inception only exists in fantasy. What matters most is the learning, little by little- which benefits by channeling oneself into a candidate for eventual success. An achiever who misses the stepwise growth of actual interaction with the development process lacks[50] in the luster of learning the genuine price of their hierarchy. It takes ages while it may take relatively shorter for the different disciplines which we follow through in life like prayers.[51]

Utmost, achievements are not pushed to fruition while in a vacuum. The reality[52] of subjecting oneself to transformation is by default, subjecting oneself to instructions and intuition. Especially when intuition comes into the picture, one tries[53] things around, until a cocksure formula to work things back is hacked. The repetitive and unfailing desire schools one formally or informally, and the benefits are a massive departure from the ranks of those who’ve never tried things out. Indeed, a failure or a success becomes beneficial either way- one learns a thing or two.

What now

  1. What is construed in management when planning misses out?
  2. What is so unique when one can align their pursuits in their God-called order?
  3. What level of achievement can be used to describe human aspirations?

 

 

COMMANDMENT EIGHT: PURPOSING AND REPURPOSING DELIBERATE PRACTICES

 

“Best practices are those practices that generally produce the best results or minimize risk. “

Chad White

 

Power Truth

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8 NRSV

 

Geoff Colvin cites a great example of an outstanding golfer- Ben Hogan.[54] Ben mastered golfing from managing, putting at shorter distances, and advanced into longer distances with perfection. The real purpose of deliberate practice is focussing on a big goal, by mastering and excelling bits of smaller ones that build up in momentum towards the big one. That is where purposeful goals element fits in- whose main essence is to micro-focus on the smaller goal first. The role of focussing remains relevant across the picture at all levels; it, therefore, compliments the micro-purposes in place of the ultimate target.

On an apparent note, Colvin is exceptional that the elements of deliberate practice are tiresome. The repetitive attitude wanes a familiar spirit off its willingness[55] to push on. Simply put, one must step out of the comfort zones. And who does not like comfort? For an aspiring achiever, there must be the deliberate inclination to shift away from the said respective comfort zones. For instance, an athlete makes a disciplined effort to pull out of bed early mornings, just to adhere to practice schedules. Keep in mind that they have the option to sleep a bit longer, relax for some few more minutes, and so forth.

Another purpose of deliberate practice is the element of being very creative[56] with solutions. A constant pursuit of excellence drives it. For instance, a runner attempts to cover the same distance, but in shorter periods. Notice that the gist of things lies with the clause-“shorter timespans.” There are many creative ways to fit that purpose. One may be to speed up much faster while covering downhill parts of the running course. Another one could be increasing one’s stride by a foot or two.

Deliberate practice has the purpose of fulfilling an incredibly [57]burning desire. In a real way, it diverts from the proposed approach with two major points. One is that deliberate practice has established tutors, and secondly, it involves the tailor-making of the options to suit the situations at hand. Its purpose is further to refine and workaround to solve challenges within a specific period.

An instance is highlighted by Colvin regarding Benjamin Franklin and his communication skills. At an early age, his father pointed him towards a weakness related to it. Franklin was keen to act and find a remedy to that deliberately. First, he embarked on using his hands to write down articles from established authors. His next step involved refocusing on his vocabularies. The end product of having taken the time to improve deliberately was a Franklin who was smart in his communicative writing. Overall, deliberate practice works within the domain of a set goal.

One other purpose of deliberate practice arises from its perpetual state of learning, refining skills, and experimenting things out. Colvin is very explicit- it’s not a magic pill or a sure bullet. Therefore, it acts to push on the scale of human achievements by making trial and error until the right way is picked and mastered along the way.

Lastly, deliberate practice is a plan[58] in place. An achiever has set goals upon whose attainment opens a wide array of both accomplishment and learning. Its purpose is, therefore, tracking the number of attempts[59] and how to keep sharpening skills. On an extensive scale, deliberate practice pushes one to achieve a little bit more than is ordinary. If, on average people train and hit 50 push-ups, can you do double that? It aligns one to pull energies towards the creation of a personal hall of fame. One seems to pat their selves when they attain more than is average and the purpose of creating an exception by purposely and repurpose playing around with the limits of human achievement and endurance.

What now

  1. What two steps did Benjamin Franklin deploy to improve his writing communications?
  2. What is the relation between deliberate practice and comfort zones?
  3. Is deliberate a magic bullet, according to Colvin?

 

 

COMMANDMENT NINE: THE OUTCOMES OF DELIBERATE PRACTICES

 

“Practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation.”

Ann Voskamp

Power Truth

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:32 NRSV

Colvin refers to deliberate practice as a method that helps[60] one to improve their performance at almost anything- it narrows down to implementing constant notes picked from feedback[61] and also sharpening one’s abilities. But then, what could be the outcomes of deliberate practice?

One is noting the points that require improvement and breaking it up into smaller achievable steps. Deliberate practice rides on the sure bullet by conquering the smaller goals- which build upwards to a larger one.[62]

Confidence is one outcome of deliberate practice. Here’s how. The visionary goal is often huge, almost a challenge that seems the would-be achiever may never have the faith even to entertain the thought of conquering. In case the visionary plan is seen in the viewpoint of the smaller and more encouragingly achievable steps- that creates the overall difference. Confidence[63] allows an aspiring achiever to face life’s challenges head-on, without fear and contradiction. Faith is the real deal-breaker in most occasions. A confident person is an ultimately rounded one; they are in an open state of mind, body, and spirit. The element of iteration creates great exposure, builds assurance, and customizes one to the real challenges.

 

Fulfillment is one other outcome of deliberate practice. If you pitch this point from mentors- better to try out something different than living life casually[64] and regret later in the sunset years for having not made that try. Starting is usually the biggest challenge for most people. If one happens to take a shot at something and genuinely fail, that is an achievement by itself- the trial yields you the fulfillment. That ties with deliberate practice links through the point where one’s mentor tells you to go for it after preparing in one or two ways. However, on a learning note, the fulfillment comes from exposure, experience, and learning through the steps meant to uplift one’s ability to steer to goals at higher heights.

 

Deliberate practice also has the crucial outcome linked to providing sure and refined formulae for one to win or rather achieve set goals. Encountering things is far different from just sitting at a desktop and attempting to figure out things. Actual situations deviate far from virtual and ideal projections. If you may happen to be close to football fans, right when their favorite teams take to the stage, you may notice someone keeping a posture- and deliberately almost kicking at the foot of the table[65] when their team is almost scoring. Deep inside their minds is a draw formula- that never finds the light of the day. When a would-be achiever grapples with such intensity, the chances are that they can pinpoint at one sure formula from their trials- which sets them far in comparison to fellow counterparts.

 

Light at the end of the tunnels reveals when one embarks on deliberate practice. While high achievements may symbolically resemble a tall skyscraper, it’s unimaginable to visualize the top floor while construction is just starting.[66] A trainer or teacher has the overall plan- the architectural map of every floor and style within. It’s the role of the aspiring achiever to hit the road and rise through the ranks towards achieving their goals. It must, however, be clear; it’s not an easy road to travel. In other ways of explaining the outcomes of deliberate practice, it seems it’s the only blueprint that would be achievers must hack together to thrust themselves into the highway of winners. It’s no doubt, plans matter, and it’s at planning that people fail’ so deliberate practice must link its outcomes by shedding light on challenging issues- it must spell out the why and how vividly.

 

What now

 

  1. How does deliberate practice help meet more challenging goals?
  2. Does deliberate practice require mentors or teachers?
  3. What is the distinction between having tried something and never at all?

 

 

COMMANDMENT TEN: DELIBERATE PRACTICE FROM BIBLICAL CONTEXT

 

“Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know. “

Rembrandt

Power Truth

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NRSV

Deliberate practice has proof that outstanding leaders are not born but made.[1] From a biblical perspective, God also takes time to nature people and leaders too.[67] One very deliberate example of a person that God deliberately handpicked and natured is Moses. God paved the way for Moses to escape the killing of Jewish boys, which Pharaoh gave out an order. The main focus of Pharaoh was to weaken the Hebrew captives and render them incapable of resisting the commands from the Egyptians. Aside from God’s favor for the rise of Moses, the bible mentions the Hebrew women being able to give birth safely and first- before the appointed Egyptian midwives could take over.[68] Back to the rise of Moses, his upbringing[69] under the palace allowed him to learn the ways of Egyptians, and that suits him best as the one to lead God’s people out of slavery.

 

Fast forward into time, we know that Moses was not allowed to march into the Promised Land. God was very clear about sin and disobedience, and that’s what landed Moses in trouble.[70] On that note, God allowed Moses to deliberately have a view of the Promised Land before he fell into perpetual sleep. On a retrospective note, Moses once requested God to let him see His face, but God never allows that. His point of reference was Exodus-No one can see me and live. So on a very light note, God allowed Moses to hide into a creek, and only after he passes should see his behind, not the fore.

The demise of Moses was not the end, God had to pick on someone else, and it was none other than Joshua, the son of Nun. Joshua, though not very prominent in the fore timespans of the shift from Egypt, had one critical outstanding fact. Joshua was obedient and never doubted the Lord.[71] After the Israelite’s landing into Canaan, Joshua, being guided by the Lord, successfully led Israel in the conquests of both the Southern and Northern parts of Canaan.

One of the most deliberate acts of God in place of human salvation regards Him sending out His only begotten son- Jesus Christ. Concerning the parable of the owner of the vineyard, God had exhausted the era of sending prophets.[72] Christ, therefore, rises as the final prophet who breaks the powers of death by resurrection.[73]

During his mission, Christ, at the pool of Bethsaida, meets the lame person. The lame one laments of the inability to dip himself into the pool upon the stirring by the angel of God. For a wholesome 38 years, the lame person lay in waiting for his chance. His chance, however, unfolds with Christ’s visitation at that pool. The Messiah, out of deliberate mercy, dishes out a token of healing- setting his free after close to four decades waiting.[74]

One other very deliberate biblical point of view arises with the first twelve. When Judas was gone, they remained as eleven. However, God, through the Holy Spirit, deliberately appoints Barabbas[75] to fill into the gap left behind by Judas. On a climaxing note, the day of the Pentecost happens to be in Jerusalem, the very same city that had conspirator’s persecuting the Christian believers. The rising of Paul is a deliberate manifestation of divine wisdom. Notably, Paul’s baptism from Saul[76] unfolds as a very clear of a deliberate transformation of a spirit from evil into the strongholds of divine favor. God deliberately destroyed Saul to pave the way for saint Paul- a clear manifestation of the Holy Spirit at work in salvation. The rise of Paul is also an offshoot away from the first twelve witnesses. In the real sense, it underpins the fact that Christ is alive within the church, courtesy of the Holy Spirit.

What now

  1. What was the name of Paul before his baptism?
  2. Why did God never allow Moses to step into the Promised Land?
  3. Why was Paul so strong in faith and teaching despite being not among the first twelve?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES

 

Alcorn, Randy, “Cumulative Daily Decisions, Courage in a Cause, and a Life of Endurance.” In Stand: A Call for the Endurance of the Saints, edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2008).

Colvin, Geoffrey. Talent Is Overrated. New York: Penguin Books Ltd, 2008.

Sande, Ken. “Transforming Your Church: Cultivating a Culture of Peace.” The Founders Journal: Confusing Times, Winter, no. 55 (2004), p. 1.

Jacobsen, Eric O. The Space Between A Christian Engagement with the Built Environment. Edited by William A. Dyrness and Robert K. Johnston. Cultural Exegesis. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2012).

Hughes, R. Kent. The Sermon on the Mount: The Message of the Kingdom. Preaching the Word. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2001).

Reuschling, Wyndy Corbin. Reviving Evangelical Ethics: The Promises and Pitfalls of Classic Models of Morality. (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2008).

Hiebert, D. Edmond. Working with God through Prayer. (Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 1991).

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Gawande, Atul. “What is Deliberate Practice?” Farnam Street, (July 2012), https://fs.blog/2012/07/what-is-deliberate-practice/ (accessed March 29, 2020).

Ericson, K Anders, Michael J. Prietula, and Edward T. Cokely. “The making of an expert.” Harvard Business Review, (July 2007), https://hbr.org/2007/07/the-making-of-an-expert (accessed March 29, 2020).

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER SOURCES

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CHAPTER ONE

[1] Alcorn Randy, “Cumulative Daily Decisions, Courage in a Cause, and a Life of Endurance.” In Stand: A Call for the Endurance of the Saints, edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2008), 85-87

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[2] 2 Timothy 4:1-4

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[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Woods  (Accessed 24.05.2020 10:00 Hrs EAT)

[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Golf_Hall_of_Fame  (Accessed 24.05.2020 10:05 Hrs EAT)

[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Welch

[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Amadeus_Mozart

[9] Donald S. Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1991).

NASB New American Standard Bible

 

CHAPTER TWO

[10] Mike Cosper, Rhythms of Grace: How the Church’s Worship Tells the Story of the Gospel (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013), 118–120.

[11] Mile Cosper, Rhythms of Grace: How the Church’s Worship Tells the Story of the Gospel. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013), pp. 118-120

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[14] Teachers Are Role Models https://teach.com/what/teachers-are-role-models/  (Accessed 24.05.2020 1025 hrs)

[15] Luke 14:15-24

 

CHAPTER THREE

[16]Ken Sande, “Transforming Your Church: Cultivating a Culture of Peace,” The Founders Journal: Confusing Times, Winter, no. 55 (2004): 9–10.

 

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CHAPTER FOUR

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[26] Eric O. Jacobsen, The Space Between: A Christian Engagement with the Built Environment. Edited by William A. Dyrness and Robert K. Johnston. Cultural Exegesis. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2012), 272-277

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[28] 2 Timothy 4:2

[29] Luke 10:25-37

[30] Matthew 5:23–24

 

CHAPTER FIVE

 

[31] Acts 8:9-25

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[34] Luke 23:24

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[37] R. Kent Hughes, The Sermon on the Mount: The Message of the Kingdom. Preaching the Word. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2001), 143-144

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[38] John 15:12-15

 

CHAPTER SIX

 

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CHAPTER SEVEN

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CHAPTER EIGHT

 

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CHAPTER NINE

 

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CHAPTER TEN

 

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[68] Exodus 1:19

[69] K. Anders Ericson, Michael J. Prietula, and Edward T. Cokely. “The making of an expert.” Harvard Business Review, (July 2007), https://hbr.org/2007/07/the-making-of-an-expert (accessed March 29, 2020).

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[70] Why was Moses not allowed to enter the Promised Land? https://www.gotquestions.org/Moses-promised-land.html accessed on 23.05.2020 at 03: 23 Hrs

[71] Joshua 24:15

[72] Matthew 20:1-16

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[74] John 5:1-15

[75] Acts 1:12-26

[76] Acts 9:10-21

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