The Power of Practice
Watch any sporting event and what you will see is the results of what took place with the athlete or team in the weeks and months in advance.
During the real performance, you will witness the results of what most will never see — the countless hours of training, reviewing game or play tapes, the disciplined working of the body and self-disciplined eating and sleeping.
And then, look at some of our countries best: our service men and women. Look at the countless hours they invest in training, preparing, rehearsing, and engaging in mock battles. They plan for and rehearse unlike any others.
We had the benefit of having a Navy Seal trainer join us for one of our Building Champions Master’s Coach events a few months back. I was blown away as I listened to how intense their training and practice is. But of course it needs to be so intense; they are dealing with life and death situations every day when they are deployed.
My question to you is this: How much time do you invest weekly into practicing, rehearsing and learning?
For most of us, our results are greatly impacted by each of the little 15 to 60-minute conversations that we have with our teammates, our clients, our vendors and our prospects. Are you like most who run from one meeting to the next with very little intentional planning and rehearsing time? Are you meeting with key clients and prospects without having mastered the basics? Are you attending board meetings without having fully prepared for the questions that will come your way?
I know what most of you are thinking: “How do I fit in more time to practice, to prepare, to rehearse? I am already maxed as it is.”
Here’s a suggestion: Work hard to identify the things that are making their way on to your daily calendar that others could do — often with more excellence than you can. Understand the top 3 or so things that only you can do in order to add the most value to your company. And then, fight with all of your might to get rid of the other 10 things that dilute your focus and diminish your performance.
Be intentional about the time you free up, and practice, practice, practice until you know you are ready to compete at a championship level.
Is it life and death for you, your company, or even your family?