Monday, March 31, 2008

Repetition is the mother of skill

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In this issue:

* Quotes of the week

* Feature: Repetition is the mother of skill

* Success Tip of the week

* Guest Article: Copying the Success of TR -- By Dr. Philip E. Humbert, PhD

* Successful / Famous People: Donald Trump

* Resources and Sponsored Links


Quotes of the week

"Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character." -- T. Alan Armstrong

"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power." -- Alan Cohen

"No student ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him: it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction."
-- Charles Kendall Adams

"Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes." -- Buddha

"Success isn’t something you chase. It’s something you have to put forth the effort for constantly. Then maybe it’ll come when you least expect it. Most people don’t understand that." -- Michael Jordan


FEATURE: Repetition is the mother of skill

If you want to do anything well, practicing it again and again is definitely a way to achieve peak performance and excellence. Break the bigger task into smaller tasks, focus on one smaller task at a time and mentally repeat yourself doing that task. You can also physically go through the process of doing that task. When you actually get to do that task, it becomes so easy and you can do it excellently in a very short period of time.

See the big picture, break it into chunks, mentally repeat a chunk.

Thats how the professional sports teams execute the plays perfectly everytime. They repeat the same steps over and over to prepare for the big game. Thats how the olympic players prepare as well. Four or more years of preparation for a four minute attempt for the gold.

We are creatures of habit. Excellence is a habit, but don't fall for the perfectionist trap!

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

When it comes to practice, one name comes to mind is coach John Wooden. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (class of 1961) and a coach (class of 1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories; only Lenny Wilkens and Bill Sharman have since been so honored. He is widely regarded as the greatest college coach in history and his 10 NCAA National Championships while at UCLA are unmatched.[1]

We encourage you to read about him. Some of the better links are:

Also, checkout his pyramid of success:

1. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. "John Wooden" [].


Success Tip of the week

Do you feel overwhelmed? overloaded? Read, say or think "One step at a time, one grain of sand at a time. One step enough for me. Take the one simple step that I can take now". Then get to work to complete that step.


Guest Article: Copying the Success of TR -- By Dr. Philip E. Humbert, PhD

About 30 years ago, a giant of a man and someone I greatly admired, Bruce Thieleman, told me that to keep growing, to serve my clients well, and to stay at the top of my game, I would need to read at least two books a week. For the rest of my life! Fortunately, it's not difficult.

I love reading and I particularly enjoy biographies of notable people.

This week, I read the first volume of Edmund Morris' biography of Theodore Roosevelt. It's fairly massive, about 750 pages, but it's delightful reading. TR's trips to the badlands are as exciting as any western, and in this election year, his time in the New York legislature, his run for Mayor of New York and his years as Governor are particularly intriguing. If you love biographies, this is a superb work.

Most important for TIPS, however, are the lessons we learn from the most influential people in history.

As Tony Robbins and others have said, success is not an accident! It leaves clues. We can learn the tools and skills, the tactics and traits of high achievers, and if we apply them to our own lives, good things happen! There's no mystery about this.

If we copy the habits and patterns of "average" people, we get average results. Almost everyone knows someone (in your family, a neighbor or friend) who refuses to develop their natural talents. This type of failure (what else would you call it?) is all around us. Everyday, we see talented people who permit one or more unfortunate habits to hold them back. Here's a hint: Don't copy them!

Fortunately, we also have models of people who passionately pursue every ounce of talent, opportunity and potential they have. They do things differently. They have habits and attitudes and behaviors that create the results they desire. Here's a hint: Copy THESE people!

So, what have I observed about TR? Obviously, many, many things--enough to fill a massive biography! But here are just a few:

1. Enormous self-discipline. As a skinny, sickly child who nearly died many times, when his father told him he must build his body, he launched himself into an exercise routine that would shame most Olympic athletes. Later, his work and writing schedule amazed even his publishers. His ability to master the intricacies of politics confounded his adversaries. The man knew how to focus.

2. Applied energy. Whether he was herding cattle, running for election, or playing with his children, people marveled at his ability to get things done. He may have had more energy than most of us, but what struck me was his ability to solve problems. He got up early, he worked hard, he loved what he was doing and his passion drove him forward. Winners have the same 24-hour day, but they use their time and energy differently. The get more and better results.

3. Quick, practical intelligence. TR had the ability to see through the confusion of daily life and find real solutions. When faced with family challenges or political opponents, or the thousands of details that confuse and confound most of us, he would pause, consider his primary objective, and cut through the clutter. To use a modern cliché, he "kept his eyes on the prize." For him, there was always a solution and he was determined to find it.

4. Gusto and love of life. Call it what you will, TR's sheer enthusiasm often carried the day. His most common expression was a rollicking, hugely exaggerated shout of "DEEEElighted!" He loved people. He loved challenges and problems. He loved to laugh and he loved his work. He loved life and was not shy about it. People enjoyed being around him (even when they opposed him) and his passion and joy opened doors that would not have been available to others.

Obviously, we shouldn't try to be anyone but ourselves. Each of us is unique and our highest and best is to be precisely and fully who we are. But we can and do learn from others. Unfortunately too often we learn "accidentally" and bad habits too easily find room in our lives. But we can also learn intentionally from the most successful and inspiring people we can find. Choose your models wisely. Your life depends on it.

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Successful / Famous People: Donald Trump

Read and learn about-
- areas he is/was successful in
- interesting, winning qualities
- things we can learn from him

Donald Trump quotes:

I like thinking big. If you're going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.

You can't know it all. No matter how smart you are, no matter how comprehensive your education, no matter how wide ranging your experience, there is simply no way to acquire all the wisdom you need to make your business thrive.

Watch, listen, and learn. You can't know it all yourself.. anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.



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