The story goes that a lost tourist asks a native New Yorker “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The local replies “Practice, practice, practice”.
A few years ago I went on a trip with my son’s chorus, and a night of bowling was on the agenda. When I noticed the choral director looked bothered by something, I asked him if he was having a problem with any of the kids. Turns out he was bothered by his bowling performance. He was into the second game, and he was wondering why he couldn’t seem to break 100. When I asked how often he bowled, he told me that he only bowls on this annual trip.
“You know something, Brian,” I said, “I don’t understand why I can’t sing like my son. I sing ‘Happy Birthday’ often enough, you would think I would be good by now, wouldn’t you?” He got it, and he quickly understood that I would have to TRY and PRACTICE at least as much as his students to be able to get better.
We cannot just THINK about being safe, we must practice taking the extra steps to avoid accidents. Practice thinking through an unfamiliar task before attempting it, and practice constructing the safest procedure to do that task. You might not ever get invited to Carnegie Hall for your safety performance, but good safety practices can give you a better chance at enjoying anything you might ever go there to see.
Is there anything you are trying to improve at, but don’t set aside time to practice? If it’s safety, bring it to the front of your mind and make a point of doing something a little safer today than you did it yesterday.
Thanks, and let’s be careful out there.