"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."
~ Vince Lombardi
What would you say are the most commonly agreed ingredients baked into the cake we all call success? Many would put Preparation, Practise and Willpower very high on the list. Malcolm Gladwell, in his hugely successful book, said it takes 10,000 hours of practise to become preeminent at anything. Virtually every coach on earth has said the will to win is worthless without the will to practise and prepare.
I would even go as far to say that the difference between success and failure lies in how much we are willing to do and how far we are willing to go to achieve our aims in practise, before the game even starts ~ We all want success, and say so frequently, but are we willing to consistently show up early and work before and after others?
Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach, would impress upon his players to always arrive fifteen minutes early for anything. To prepare, compose their thoughts, and pre plan. ~ The players called it "Lombardi time".
The exceptional wide receiver Jerry Rice was famous for his practise regimen. He finished every catch in training by running through the end zone. He showed up before others started and continued training by himself after they had left. He simply drove himself to a higher standard in practise than others were willing to. His philosophy and words sum up the mindset of a consummate professional ~ " Today I will do what others won't ~ so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't."
And what of Larry Bird who when his high school coach recommended he practised fifty free throws every day got up early before school and went out and practiced two hundred free throws? Then during recess, and again after school he worked well into the night. Larry practised so much that others thought him to be a young man obsessed.
The bottom line is ~ Professionals Practise More.