Achieving success, greatness, and/or excellence, can only be realized with the countless hours of mental and physical reps that are required to master a craft.
Recently, I had an opportunity to speak with the NFL football coach, Hue Jackson, to discuss the mental game and the different ways to achieve success by preparing mentally. Out of the many thoughtful and inspiring nuggets that were shared within our conversation, what stood out what his statement: "repetition is the mother of all learning".
This is 100% truth. Isn’t the goal to be the best version of ourselves? To show up in the moment as our most confident self when we are performing or competing? I believe the answer is YES! To do this requires hard work, commitment, and embracing the process.
Whether you are learning a new play book, a new position, or performing an unfamiliar task, it is all the hard work you do in the dark when know one is looking that gives you the confidence and an increased sense of connectedness to the learning process.
I am sure you have all heard of the 10,000-Hour Rule from Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers. Mastering your craft takes hours of repetition—approximately 10,000 hours, in fact. With that, you are on an intentional path and journey to greatness.
In the midst of this pursuit, allow yourself to be fully present and purposeful. Reflect on what went well and what needs to be addressed. I call this process "Work On - Build On".
If you are truly committed to putting in the reps, you will build trust and confidence throughout your mind and body. The process of (Repetition + Trust + Confidence = Greatest) will pay off huge dividends in the future if it is consistently executed and honored. It's what you do in the NOW that will prepare you for the future.