How to accumulate 10,000 hours of practice without noticing

Linda Adsetts and The Group are here with their weekly Go for the Joy message. Enjoy!

child ballet dancer in practice - by Joanne Massingale
child ballet dancer in practice – by Joanne Massingale


Fourteen days ago, I took on a 90-day video challenge. I did this after watching a video. The video’s message was that during those ninety days you would get better at delivering your message. Also, in the process people would come to know you, perhaps like you and trust you. This was exactly what I desired. I want people to know me in a new way, beyond my writing.

This week I had been thinking about how I could practice inspired speaking more.
It is PRACTICE WEEK at Bliss Habits. There are no coincidences.

Writing inspired thoughts, from The Group, flows fairly easily to me now. This isn’t to say that there isn’t room for improvement but it is easier. But when I get in front of a video camera, to do the same thing, I become awkward.

This isn’t always fun. The first few times I am in judgment of how I look. The lighting isn’t always kind. Finally I decided that I could just let that go and get on with it. That isn’t to say that I don’t try to find lighting that is gentler and more flattering!

I decided, this week, to video Today’s Message. My first attempt was less than stellar. My second was marginally better. I need a plan. How can I practice this? I am comfortable speaking in front of people but a camera with only me in the room? Not so much. There is no audience energy. How can I create that?

And as I write this, it comes to me. I need to practice, it. I don’t need to post it. It can be done in addition to my video challenge.

Practice can seem like such work for us but it is in the doing that we get better. Some of us get really good and some just better. I recently read a book by Malcom Gladwell, called Outliers.

He wrote about his discovery and it was this; the best of the best had put in 10,000 hours of practicing their craft, whatever that was, before they achieved success. Across the board, no matter whether it was sports, science, music, art or business the successful people had put in 10,000 hours of practice.

That is a lot of hours. That is years of practice. Anyone who, as a child, was forced to practice playing piano knows what that feels like. But, if you love what you do those 10,000 hours are of no consequence. You are doing what you love to do and they accumulate without notice.

And that dear ones, is the magic of life on planet earth. If you find something that rocks your boat, makes you light up inside, forget time and space then the practice is your life. It isn’t practice. It is your life.

When you step into that which lights you up the clock isn’t looked at. Time passes without notice and you are in a world of your own creation. That is what creating is about. Your planet is supporting your efforts every step of the way. When you find that something that makes every cell of your being light up in the doing, you are creating heaven on earth.

All the best creations come from that place. Does it mean that it is always easy? No, sometimes it can feel like walking through wet cement. But you keep on walking; no matter how slow it can be because the fire of creation is lit within you.

It is the doing that lights you up and not so much the end result. You are in a flow of energy that you have created. Sometimes, it fades away to reveal something else, that suits you more, but all that you have done before contributes to that.

You never get the business of creating done. It is in constant motion. It happens with you and without you. You can participate or not. But don’t be fooled by your seemingly non-participation, because that is creating too. You can choose whether to be a more active participant or not. But, we tell you that your energy is always creating. It just may not be what you want to see.

If you have something definite in mind we suggest practice is a good thing. Your focus will hone your craft, whatever that is. There will always be someone who is “better” at it and always someone or “isn’t” but that isn’t the point. The point is that you are engaging in it because it pleases you and for no other reason.

Do it for you and no other reason and you will see that your life will become more joyous and have more ease. Practice whatever you want. Practice what brings you joy. Oh the joy the joy, it is delicious.

Go For It
Linda and The Group


Linda Adsetts is a  healer, medium, psychic reader, channeller and writer. She receives channelled guidance and inspiration from The Group, a gathering of spirit who teach that our souls’ path is best expressed when we come from a place of joy. You can read how Linda got started down this fascinating path here and on her website where she shares daily messages from The Group.

Join her each Friday on Bliss Habits for an inspiring take on each of the habits.


5 thoughts on “How to accumulate 10,000 hours of practice without noticing

  1. I’ve been practicing writing since I was really young. I got really serious about it when I was 15, and instead of going to the Air Force Academy and becoming a lawyer and a fighter pilot, went to a small 4 year college as an English major. I still write poetry and stories, but I blog like crazy. It comes easy and when people ask me about it, I tell them… it just takes practice.

  2. Do you remember when you first learnt to ride a bike? (I do). I didn’t fall off many times because Dad was holding onto the back, but when I realized he’d stopped holding on, I fell off because I was so surprised. Then, I got it! It just took practice, same with driving a car and parallel parking – that was the hardest. Even when we first learn to talk as babies, it gets better and better with practice.

  3. Linda, You have really written such a insightful post. I like the idea of practicing your craft without even noticing that you are working hard. When you truly are doing what you love on a daily basis, it doesn’t even seem like work and you get better and better at. Thanks for sharing your experience with speaking on camera.

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