The Practice of Champions



“Champions don’t do extraordinary things. They do ordinary things, but they do them without thinking, too fast for the other team to react. They follow the habits they’ve learned.” – Charles Duhigg

I have noticed that the people I work with who achieve positive results tend to have a mindset of making sure they are strong in all areas. They are willing to give up the notion of leveraging their strengths for becoming well-rounded professionals and leaders.

Here are a few examples of what they are willing to do to create great success:

  1. If they are not a morning person, they learn the practice of waking up at dawn.
  2. If they are constantly late for meetings, they learn the practice of showing up 10 minutes early.
  3. If they think they must be the smartest person in the room, they learn how to ask for help and direction from others.
  4. If they are not a numbers person, they learn the ins and outs of stats and analytics.
  5. If they are more of an artist, they learn the science of what builds success in their medium.
  6. If they are strong in science, they learn the skills of art.
  7. If they are an introvert, they learn to practice being an extrovert.
  8. If they are uncomfortable doing presentations, they learn how to present to groups when they are prepared and unprepared.
  9. If they can’t sit still in meetings, they learn how to be present to others in meetings.

Whatever has been deemed as an opportunity – they learn it, do it, and make it a strength.

If you want to be a champion, you have to practice the comfortable and uncomfortable skills that are necessary to achieve success. If you want to learn more about champions, check out The Playbook on Netflix. Tim Ferris has made a habit of building new habits which honor his goals.

What could be a new area or habit for you to grow and develop?

Continue to thrive.