Some people are simply blessed with gifts. They are born with skills and strengths that the rest of us have to work really hard for.
So what do we do if we’re not blessed with a natural skill? How do we grow and develop mastery for something?
Whether it be playing golf, dealing with numbers, improving sales skills, becoming a nurturing parent, growing a business, writing creatively, saving money, working out, or whatever you want to get good at in your life… How do we do that?
We have to DARE to!
You’ve got to want it. Napoleon Hill said “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire, which transcends everything.” So how’s your ‘want to’?
You’ve heard the adage that attitude is everything. I don’t contend that you’ll get better at something just because you have a good attitude. I can, however, guarantee that you won’t get good at something if you have a bad attitude about it. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Repetition is simply practice. If it’s not a gift, you’ll need to practice to become proficient. Joe Namath, retired Jets quarterback, practiced 40 hours a week for each hour on the field. His practice to play ratio was 40:1. What’s your practice to play ratio?
When you approach a skill from a stance of excellence instead of perfection, you will shine. By being committed to excellence, growth is natural and ongoing. Striving for perfection is foolishness and unattainable.
You will need the desire, paired with a positive attitude, to perform with repetition in order to achieve excellence.