In Olympic gymnastics, routines are ranked from A to E levels of skill. They must include required skills. But that will only get you a 9.4 on a scale of 10. A perfect routine without risk, originality, and virtuosity will only get you a 9.4. Risk, originality, and virtuosity are worth .2 points each. When you have all the elements, you can get a 10, perfection.
Youll note risk was one of the elements. You have to take chances. Theres always someone else out there who will take chances. They might fall. But if they make it, theyll beat you.
Never take a skill for granted. Really focus on the things you need to work on to make it better.
Little, extra efforts make a huge difference — if you do them every day.
You win at the Olympics by fractions. You can win by working a tiny bit harder or a tiny bit smarter.
Originality. Do something new someone else has never done before. The key to originality: stop watching the other guy. Know where the trends are but dont pattern yourself after someone else. Stop playing catch-up. Stop doing things that other people are doing and start doing things that are unique.
It takes patience to develop and diligence to work on it every day.
Sometimes we trip and fall over good ideas. You need to know when to stop and pick them up and use them.
Virtuosity. Skills that everyone could do but you do it better. Youre extending more, faster. You approach perfection. The key to perfection: repetition, repetition, repetition. Its not fun. Its really boring. Doing something the thousandth time with the same focus and attention as the first time. Its easier when youre having fun, when youre enjoying what youre doing, getting instant results. But the best practice when its inconvenient, when you dont feel like it, when the results arent there.
How we feel is irrelevant. Youve got to do it.
Say what if? In practice, imagine what if. What if youre playing for the world championship? Visualize the situation. It taught us to focus when we needed it.
Place importance on what youre doing. Dont say its at the end of the day of a long day of practice so it doesnt matter.
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