A Little More Practice
There’s a myth about highly talented people—that they are simply born that way.
Here is what I know: you reach your potential when you are willing to practice. And not just practice often, but practice effectively.
That’s because you play to the level at which you practice. Consistently good practice leads to consistently good play. Successful leaders understand this, and they apply it.
If I were, to sum up, what lifts successful leaders above the crowd, I’d do it in four words: a little bit more. Successful leaders pay their dues by doing all that is expected of them—plus a little bit more.
Can you guess where the “little bit more” happens?
I find two essential truths about the power of practice:
Practice Enables Development
The practice is where old skills are refined and new skills are acquired. Practice is where the tension between where we are and where we ought to propel us forward. In order to be successful, we must first buy-in to the reality that practice enables development.
Practice Demands Discipline
I believe that talent is not a matter of conditions; it is a matter of choice. Once the choice is made and practice becomes a habit, two things become obvious: 1) separation between the person who practices and the one who doesn’t, and 2) a winning spirit emerges. The harder you work, the harder it becomes to surrender.
To sharpen your talent through practice, you not only need to be open to change, but you also need to pursue change.
Don’t change just enough to get away from your problems—change enough to solve them.
Don’t change your circumstances to improve your life—change yourself to improve your circumstances.
Don’t do the same old things expecting to get different results—get different results by doing something new.
Don’t see change as something hurtful that must be done—see it as something helpful that should be done.
Don’t avoid paying the immediate price of change—if you do, you will pay the ultimate price of never improving.
Successful leaders practice! They practice harder, longer and more effectively than unsuccessful leaders do.