Here are a few things that practice does make though…
Practice makes postponement. It is possible to over-practice. We do this when we constantly keep our novel is “revision mode”. We do this when we continue to tweak our recipe but refuse to make it for others until it’s absolutely perfect. We do this by never playing music unless we’re certain no one can hear us. Always making plans. Always “practicing”. We do this as a way to avoid actually get in the game.
Practice makes proper. Most of the time when we practice, we’re not practicing change or innovation or new ways to challenge convention. Most of the time, we’re practicing how to properly follow the established rules in the hopes of pleasing those who are in power. If your goal is to be a compliant cog in the system, this is a good approach. If your goal is to be an artist though, this kind of practicing is a waste of your time.
Practice makes precious. It is important to love the work you do, and to know that everything you make is special. But the longer we stay in practice mode, the less we will be able to separate what we make from who we are. When our work becomes too precious, we no longer are able to distinguish between when someone is criticizing us versus when they are criticizing our work. As a result, we end up fearing any and all criticism, so we avoid sharing altogether.
Practice makes pompous. “If I practice more than you, then naturally I must be better than you.” Not true.
Practice makes progress. If we practice in a healthy way however, it can actually help us get better. Not perfect, but better.