Disciplined Practice is Always the First Step Towards Victory
Sun Tzu Principle: “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”
Victory in anything from war to football to chess to platform mastery is founded on discipline. Nothing worthwhile is ever gained, and sustained by slothful and wishful thinking.
Here’s a lesson I learned several years ago when it came to being a platform master; it’s not the will to win that matters, it’s the will and the preparation to win that matters!
You’ve heard me say this before, and it worth repeating, so I will. Practice makes permanent. This is the one non-negotiable of mastery.
I remember walking in my back yard, late into the night, going over every step, every sentence, every story before a big presentation or a keynote. I would work on that message, shaping, reshaping and adapting and I would do this with a disciplined system of structure and delivery. I initiated disciplined practice to achieve the passion, purpose, posture and projection I wanted to possess in the live event.
Here’s the thing… over a period of 7-8 nights (as I was busy with clients every day) I had to put in place a ‘disciplined framework’ that would bring me to the result I desired. I set a target for each night – I had to arrive at a finishing point… I had to craft and shape an idea to a certain point before I could finish.
If you want to achieve Platform Mastery, you must have ‘Will plus Preparation’.
Just having the will to be a platform master isn’t enough. It’s like having a light bulb with no way of turning it on. Willingness without preparation is a recipe for inner trauma, the kind that can only come from hope deferred. Your heart will become sick and you will quit.
Here’s the action-thought of the day… In platform mastery, a foundation in ‘disciplined practice’ is always the first step towards victory.