I’m always interested in what the top 10% of highly successful people do on a daily basis. Interested…who am I kidding? I get obsessed with it and find it fascinating. What keeps coming up when I’m researching is – they are highly disciplined in bettering themselves daily. And when I say daily, I mean every, single day, day after day after day.
Amazingly talented and highly successful people are born just like you and me but they develop a different relationship to practice. These people spend 90% of their day practicing/training, honing their skills to be the very best they can possibly be. The reoccurring theme continues to be, practice, practice, and practice more.
Our lives are all about practice and performance – and think about it, this is your job for the rest of your life! We’re all graded in life, whether in the office, on the field, raising children, in whatever it is you do day to day. So if you’re a swimmer and training for the Olympics, don’t you want the Gold? If you’re a Sales Manager, don’t you want to be #1? If you’re a student and studying for a test, don’t you want to ace it? If you’re a stay at home Mom and raising children, don’t you want to teach, mentor and coach your children to be the very best they can be? Of course you do!
Bo Eason (someone I follow) recommends this read: The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle. Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code, The Little Book of Talent, Lance Armstrong’s War, The Secret Race and Hardball: A Season in the Projects. He is at work now on a new book about the science of successful groups. I’m ordering The Little Book of Talent today. Order from Amazon
Bo says, “If you refuse this call, this commitment to practice, you have sealed your fate of mediocrity”. Yikes! I don’t know about you but I’ve never wanted to be mediocre.
My commitment to myself is to first look at my day to day and figure out what percentage I spend on practicing to be the best in my industry. If I decide that I spend 40% on training and practice, I’ll up my game to 50% and so on. Taking small but focused steps gets you to where you want to be.
Ghengis Khan, when asked “How does a soldier fight in battle?” his answer, “the same way as he trains”.