I’m about to share with you a FOUNDATIONAL concept in becoming World-Class at your craft.
Only the best of the BEST are willing to indure years and YEARS of doing this. People like Jerry Rice, Chris Rock, Chess prodigies, and musicians known throughout the world have practiced in this manner.
Have you ever heard the saying, “practice makes perfect”?
If so, I’d like you to take that thought, kiss it goodbye, and THROW IT TO THE CURB.
Practice does NOT make perfect.
“What are you talkin’ about, Michael?”
What seperates your average joes and world-class performers, is not how hard they work, but how they work. World-renown performers practice in a way known as “deliberate practice. ”
I first ame across this term in the book, “Talent Is Overrated,” by Geoff Colvin, but is talked about in many others as well.
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What makes this practice special?
Basically, you constantly want to be stetching yourself past your comfort zone. Set goals to improve in areas that challenge you–but not to the point where you can get overwhelmed and frustrated, or at a level where you’re too comfortable.
The results REALLY show years down the road when your consistent hours of deliberate practice compound. Once you’ve gotten a strong grasp on the area you were working on, move onto another area that needs work.
I’ll use an example here:
If you’ve been following up with my goals reports, then you’ll know that one goal I set for myself was going back every video I shoot and seeing what I can improve before I film the next one.
The main area I’ve been working on has been my hand-gestures. When first starting out, I felt I had the most RANDOM hand-gestures and that they weren’t as effective as they could be.
Now, I feel way more comfortable and natural using hand-gestures that really compliment what I’m saying.
Once I feel I’ve mastered hand-gestures, I may move onto vocal variety or off-the-top speaking. The point is to always deliberately improve an area in your craft versus practicing for the sake of practicing. You see what I mean?
To recap, deliberate practice can be defined as:
- Staying on your edge.
- Working on areas that are just outside you’re comfort zone
- Not too far out to the point where you’re overwhelmed and get frustrated, or…
- Not challenging yourself enough to where it’s just easy.
Now that you have the gist of how world-class performers practice, I’d like you to think about how you can incorporate deliberate practice in your craft, whether it be speaking, writing, business, management, etc.
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