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How Do I get to Carnegie Hall?

There is an old joke
“How do I get to Carnegie Hall?
Practice, practice, practice.”

Playing Carnegie Hall has long been a mark of great achievement since only the people at the top of the music industry ever get to perform there.

How do you get to be at the up of the music industry? It takes a lot of practice, commitment, time and hard work. The same is true with everything in life, including mastering skills and achieving recovery.

While playing at Carnegie Hall is something that few people will ever achieve no matter how hard they practice, every one of us can master our skills and eventually reach a point of recovery. The biggest difference is that unlike trying to get to Carnegie Hall, we are not competing against each other. In fact, we should be trying to help each other as much as possible. When we help others, it helps us practice the skills and work toward mastering them.

The more we practice our skills, the better we become at them. Not only do we get better at them the more we practice them, they also start to become second nature. The more we practice a skill the easier it becomes to apply and the more successful we are at applying it.

You eventually can get to a point where you do not need to think actively about what to do in a situation; you just start to do it. The skillful and safe ways of handling difficult situations start to replace the harmful and negative ways you have dealt with them in the past.

Posted: October 17th, 2012 under Thoughts on Mental Health.

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