Quotes by Leaders
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything but I’m still alive and kicking. Today’s post will start a series of quotes by leaders. I’ll give a little commentary about each quote and it what it means to me. I’ll try to then relate it back to how it can impact an athlete.
Let’s get started.
“Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning, by study.” – Francis Bacon
What I like about this one is the call out on your natural abilities only taking you so far. If you want to be successful long-term then you have to consistently work on it. Many athletes have all kinds of natural abilities but only the most disciplined ones become great. “Pruning” isn’t easy and it’ll take a daily effort at honing your craft.
I think about Michael Jordan who practiced everyday on his craft. It didn’t matter if he was in a scoring slump or simply unstoppable. He was hitting the gym everyday to fine tune his shot and to make himself better.
In many cases, this is why having a reliable coach is critical to an athletes success. When you’re feeling unmotivated (perfectly normal by the way), then they can help get you back on track.
As you reflect on what this quote means to you, try to think about how you can create daily habits to help you progress toward your goal or goals. Progress is more important than perfection. If you’re not taking a step forward (no matter the size) then you’re moving backwards and that’s not a good thing.
Go get to work on “pruning” your natural ability!