One of my athletes was working on a presentation on deliberate practice and how it relates to his field of medicine and he came upon the graph below. He sent it to me as it relates to his swimming and I decided to share it further because it is SO TRUE!
The diagram below was created by Kathy Sierra and used in a blog post she wrote back in 2006.
Take a look at this graph…
I’m going to quote her because I really can’t say it any better myself! She says:
The only thing standing between you-as-amateur and you-as-expert is dedication. Most of us want to practice the things we’re already good at, and avoid the things we suck at. We stay average or intermediate amateurs forever…Yet the research says that if we were willing to put in more hours, and to use those hours to practice the things that aren’t so fun, we could become good or even great!
So, I will will leave you with this: If you want to rocket yourself out of the “suck threshold” and into the “kicking ass threshold” you not only have to be dedicated to your training, but also be a critical thinker. If you do the same swims, bikes or runs everyday and never truly push yourself or try to tweak your technique, you can’t really expect to see improvement.
Train consistently, train smartly and always ask yourself, is there a way to do this better.