Human beings are designed to get better through practice. Everything we ever learn to do – from walking to talking to writing concertos – gets better through practice. Practice makes our fingers move faster, our hearts beat stronger, our brains think smarter. What is it that Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods talk about when they talk about their careers? It’s not that they were gifted with extraordinary natural talent. It’s that they work harder than their competitors.
And here’s one final thought on the matter: Nothing in nature stays the same. If you are not getting better, you are surely getting worse.
If you ever feel that you are not as good as you want to be, remember these little lessons:
It is good to accept your limits. If you felt any other way, it would be hard to get better.
Humility is a strength you should cultivate.
Confidence will come to you when you deserve it.
Avoid boastfulness and pride, because they will slow you down.
And most important: Practice with conscious attention, and eventually you will surpass even those you most admire.