Build your Potential

Done anything recently to take you out of your comfort zone?

A lovely example of this comes to mind.

I work with amazing teams and individuals in diverse settings. One such team has been purposefully preparing for a conference which requires rehearsal.

The presentation teams are uniquely made up of students and staff so it’s ‘big deal’ for them.

Here’s the thing…

Despite the ‘stretch goals’ involved they’ve kept at purposeful practice…

Ericsson and Pool (authors of 'Peak') describe it like this…

“Purposeful practice has several characteristics that set it apart from what we might call ‘naive practice,’ which is essentially just doing something repeatedly, and expecting that repetition alone will improve one’s performance.”

“Purposeful practice has well-defined, specific goals.”

For e.g. the team applied woop to their presentations long before the day discussing the ‘wish, outcome, obstacle and plan (to overcome the obstacle).

“Purposeful practice is focused.”

For e.g. the teams scheduled deep work time blocks to focus on preparing their conference presentations.

“Purposeful practice involves feedback.”

For e.g. the team met on several occasions to rehearse, share layouts, slides and contents through which feedback was provided.

“Purposeful practice requires getting out of one’s comfort zone.”

For e.g. the team knew this was a stretch goal and despite any ‘nerves’ were willing to move out of planet comfort.

“… purposeful practice in a nutshell: Get outside your comfort zone but do it in a focused way, with clear goals, a plan for reaching those goals, and a way to monitor your progress. Oh, and figure out a way to maintain your motivation.”

Whether a conference, exam, goal, or task at hand….

“With deliberate practice…the goal is not just to reach your potential but to build it, to make things possible that were not possible before.” (Ericsson and Pool, authors of ‘Peak’).



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