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Mastery - Day 6 - PERSISTENCE

To attain any kind of mastery we must persist in the pursuit of it. 


A tree growing through a metal fence in Hitchin (photo by me)
We will encounter external challenges and our own internal obstacles; the inner critic and the voice(s) inside our own heads.  We are our own worst critic and many of us give in to to that inner voice, believing it is the truth, we can allow it to define us, "you'll never do it, you will never be any good at this, let's face it, you're just shit".
  • I wonder how many garages contain rusty golf clubs and how many tennis rackets languish gathering fluff under beds.
David Beckham was a marked man following his red-card in the 1998 World Cup in France,  but he didn't give up, he persisted, stuck with it and toughed it out. In qualifying for the 2002 World Cup England faced Greece, and needed a draw to guarantee qualification and a trip to the Far East.  With only moments left on the clock England trailed by a goal, Beckham stepped up and moments later the country went crazy.  Kathryn tells me that she tipped the sofa over as she celebrated, when I watch it again the hairs on my neck stand up!

Practise and persist

Motivated by his desire and with great self-discipline Beckham would practice, practice, practice his free-kicks, he would be at the training ground long after his team mates had gone home - he persisted, he never gave up - and became a master.
  • When was the last time you said 'I give up'?
  • What made you say that?
Cautionary note on persistence:
  • Doing the same thing, over and over again, and expecting a different result = insanity.
Ask yourself a few questions when you finish a task at work today or a training session:

  • What went well?
  • What wasn't so good?
  • How can I adjust?

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