Hit or Miss

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In the real world, we miss. Sometimes by a lot. But we have to keep trying. The more we work on it the better we get. The more shots we take, the more times we’ll hit the target and the more good we’ll do.
~Lives of the Stoics, Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman

You know the saying, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” It’s true. If you don’t take a shot, you won’t make it. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you missed it, but you certainly missed the opportunity. Of course, even if you take the shot, there’s no guarantee. However, you can increase you chances.

You may remember the press conference from several years ago when Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson said, “We talkin’ about practice here. Practice.” There’s actually some really great stories about what was going on in the background of this press conference, but I don’t want to focus on those right now.

Some people think that practice isn’t all that important. Some people live by the mantra, “You play like you practice.” Whether you think it’s important or not, practice is how we improve. Repetition. Running drills. Putting in the time and the effort. That’s how we get better at whatever we do.

What is it in your life that needs improvement? What is it that you need to work on? It’s not going to magically get better unless you have a plan in place. The more you practice, the more often you are going to hit the target — whatever that target may be.



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