I think one of the most important principles of success is the concept of PRACTICE.
Remember when you were once a newbie or a beginner at something, whether it be a sport, dancing, writing, talking, or whatever else you're currently proficient at?
How did you become good at it? How did you improve and attain that level of mastery that you have today?
The answer is simple…
I think most people, myself included, lose value in the simple fundamentals of being proficient in certain aspects of life. We lose sight of practicing the basic fundamentals that make you successful at something, and are often looking for the “advanced, magic formula” that will instantly give us the results we're after. That, or we believe that we're above the process and have mastered something, so we no longer need to work at it.
There is no limit to growth. There is no level where you're “too good to practice.” There's always another level.
For those that view self-improvement or pushing your comfort zone to be “work” or a “chore”, then this might upset you. You will never reach a point where you're “complete.” You will always have to find ways to push your barriers, expand your comfort zone, and grow as a human being. This is something you must accept.
We are either growing or dying.
You might as well learn to ENJOY the process.
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The best in the world continue to PRACTICE – Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Lebron James, Sidney Crosby, or any another other great. In the business world, a phenomenal leader is always practicing the fundamentals and growing. I was amazed to learn that Donald Trump, in his book How To Get Rich, that as a billionaire still practices the fundamentals.
Practice as if you are the worst, perform as if you are the best.
Look to model these guys and the rituals they have to become who they are. Michael Jordan was on the court before anyone else and was the last one to leave. No wonder he was the best… because he had DEDICATION.
To this day, I continue to go out and “practice” and look for ways to become more excellent. As should you. It's not, “once I get that amazing body I can finally stop working out and eating well” or “once I have a great relationship I never have to improve myself or my social skills anymore.”
Watch out for that pitfall. Evolve forever.