Do you think that superstar atheletes are just naturally gifted with their talents or do they need practice?

Good morning to all of those folks out there in the land of the mouse clicks and home buttons, I hope that your morning is going as well as mine is getting ready for the day that lies ahead.  I have my cup of dark roast coffee in hand am ready to go.

Last night I was watching some old clips of one of my favorite basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan and some of the classic games that he had against my Boston Celtics and how DOMINANT he was in all aspects of the game.  He was a phenom and people flooded into stadiums and arenas to see him play.

Then I got thinking … do you think that Michael Jordan was just naturally gifted like that when he was born and was just one of the lucky individuals out there to get into the NBA or do you think that it took practice and hard work?

It is funny how much the superstars of today and yesterday practiced, day and night they practiced their craft every day to the point of utter exhaustion and didn’t stop until they felt that they were ready for game time.  Michael Jordan practiced all the time and one of the most influential things that he ever said was “You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.”

So, when he practiced he practiced fundamentals … not just the flashy dunks or the pinpoint crossovers, he practiced the fundamentals and became so good at them that he made others look foolish and dominated the game like no other.

So why do I bring this up?   Because we are in a space where this is relevant to our journey.  We are in the game of doing the basics and staying close to what we know and practice it over and over again until you are an expert at it and than layer in next steps to enhance your game.  So, if you are tracking food, then be the best tracker you know how, practice the fundamentals.  If you are a weight lifter then practice your fundamentals in lifting and become GREAT at it by sticking to it and mastering your craft.

So, as you can see, it takes work, practice and dedication for even the elitest of athletes in the world.  So, why do you expect greatness when you aren’t practicing every single day?

Have a great and amazing day.

 

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2 thoughts on “Do you think that superstar atheletes are just naturally gifted with their talents or do they need practice?

  1. Excellent CT this morning!! Last week I did just that. Practiced fundamentals every single day! If too many points–track them anyway. Ended up with a 3.2 LOSS last night at WW. No tricks. No mystery. Just practiced the fundamentals every day!!

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