Automaticity….What’s Yours?

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Whatever you practice is what you will perform.”~ Paul Dennis

The first time I heard Paul, a gifted dancer and master teacher, utter these words in dance class, I didn’t fully appreciate the sweep of his wisdom.  After all, I knew very well that one goal of all of our practicing was to get us to automaticity.

Ah yes, automaticity.  What every practitioner of certain movements is aiming for at some level.  From musicians to professional athletes to dancers to circus performers.

Photo credit: Nikki Carrara Photo credit: Nikki Carrara

Automaticity involves honing “…the ability to do things without occupying the mind with the low-level details required, allowing it to become an automatic response pattern or habit. It is usually the result of learning, repetition, and practice.”

Paul reiterated his resonant nugget of wisdom often enough that it became a mantra for me.  First in dancing…. then in living.

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