Start. That’s it. Seems too easy, right?
In this article by habit and practice expert, James Clear, we learn that the process of pursuing excellence results in a set of rewards that may actually be more valuable than those received once you’ve achieved it. The article describes an exchange that James Clear had with tennis pro, Lindsay Davenport. James had the opportunity to ask her a question at an event and he focused his opportunity on how she’s learned or changed from rising the ranks of professional athleticism. She responded first with the concept that fame makes you grow up faster than you may otherwise; but then she described how the path to achieve greatness taught her how to be the best she could be at her craft. James goes on to talk about why simply starting something new — as she did at a young age of 15 years old — can be the best and biggest decision you may ever make toward your pursuit of happiness and betterment because without trying you’ll never know if you have the skills and talent required to be great. Once you are in the game, you can make the decision whether or not to persist and practice and ultimately find yourself achieving things you never thought possible. As James closes the article, he quips “Life is not a dress rehearsal” and we agree. Today, start something new and tomorrow practice it again and — in this life —- you may become something more than you ever imagined. Thanks, James.