“And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.” ~ Galatians 6:9
“The things you do every day, the things that don’t look like they matter, do matter. They not only make a difference, they make all the difference.” ~ Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge
I’m the kind of person that loves sports, particularly soccer, and I always draw lessons that we can apply to life more effectively from a sporting scenario. If you take the time to study great people you will find that they share similar values and in this post I would like to illustrate that from a sporting point of view. Success principles are universal. If they apply in sports they also apply in business, family, health and every other area of life. How do successful people make it to the top while others do not?
Many times we have a general misconception about how successful people make it to the top. Most people assume that they had lucky breaks or they had superior talents to other people. Talent gives you unique abilities but has very little to do with how far you go in life. The major factor that determines how far you go in life is determined by the choices that you make today. When I think about basketball players like Michael Jordan who was extremely successful in his career I realize that they would spend hours on the basketball court practicing. It could be something as simple as scoring ten baskets every day to improve their shot. If you look at tennis players like Rafael Nadal they practice serving a certain number of times consistently. Soccer players like David Beckham, who is a free kick expert, spend several hours practicing those free kicks on a consistent basis, or different plays.
Errors in judgment
When I’m going out with friends or family it’s always interesting to observe people’s eating habits and wonder how it affects their health. If you think about people in old age, for example, some of the causes of their bad health are a direct result of poor health choices they made years before – more than enough salt, oil, etc in their meals or eating poor quality food. I have an uncle that passed away due to liver cirrhosis which was a direct result of years of drinking. The seemingly bright student that failed their exams didn’t just fail all of a sudden. It is probably because he didn’t spend enough time studying or might have been playing when he should have been studying.
All those seemingly insignificant actions we take don’t seem to make a difference, right? The truth is that they make ALL the difference. When you add up all those actions the impact is not linear. It is exponential. Whatever you do compounds over a period of time that is why you need to constantly make the right choices on a daily basis.
Therefore, to become an expert at anything requires that you do the daily disciplines every day. If you’re a student spend a certain amount of time studying each day. If you’re a working professional dedicate time to do your work effectively and perhaps learning something new each day. If you’re a soccer player practice your passing or whatever relevant area of your game you want to improve. If you’re a basketball player and want to improve your points contribution dedicate time to practicing your shooting. That’s as simple as it gets. There is no such thing as a quantum leap to greatness. The choices that you make every day determine who you are going to become tomorrow.
Be all you can be!