Train and Practice
Let’s begin by embracing the three most important words of today – and almost every day – especially when it comes to profession, work and being at the top of your game. They are “Train! Train! Train!”
They are followed closely by: “Never stop training!”
When we say train, it is synonymous with practice. We train to hone our abilities and skills and keep them at peak efficiency. Then we practice using our skills and knowledge to stay 100% familiar and proficient with what we know and can do.
So, the next three most important words to remember are: “Train and practice!”
Why do we train and practice? Why should we train and practice? Why must we train and practice? Here are five reasons that immediately come to mind:
- Stay familiar and proficient with what you know and do
- Hone your skills and keep them at top efficiency.
- To be prepared to do what is always required
- To maintain and even increase self-confidence
- To learn new things and add to one’s knowledge and skills
Some people believe you can get better at sports only by playing and doing. However, between hockey, baseball or football games, teams train, exercise and practice constantly and without fail. You get better at playing by training to play!
It is during training that you work to strengthen your weak areas. You find the mistakes and your blind spots at work. Then work and train to correct these issues and transform weaknesses into strengths and faults into skills.
The myth of natural talent is just that – a MYTH! That you are born with genius skills or intelligence – and that these things alone are what account for super-successful athletes, entrepreneurs, billionaires and celebrities – is a fallacy. While you may enter this world with some advantage over others, you will not achieve incredible success without training and practice.
The final two “most important” words we give you for today and every other day of your life, in addition to the words “character, commitment, determination, passion, self-discipline” are the foundation of “train and practice” and essential to every team leader and his devoted team of well-trained workers. They are the last two words in the following story:
Years ago, when at the height of his automotive and industrial success, the inimitable innovator and entrepreneur Henry Ford was interviewed by a group of reporters whose goal, they claimed, was to discover the secret to success.
He sat before them answering their many questions about automobiles, business operations, mass production, leadership and employee relations—all the while waiting for the ultimate question he knew was coming. Finally, one of the reporters asked it. “Tell us, Mr. Ford, what is the secret to success?”
They all bent forward in wild anticipation of his response and in finally hearing and learning the cosmic answer to what everyone had been dying to know throughout human history!
He smiled for a second. Then leaned in toward them, and whispered, “Hard work.”