How You Practice You Play

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out… Robert Collier

One worthwhile task carried to a successful conclusion is worth half-a-hundred half-finished tasks. Malcom S. Forbes

Successful men and women become successful because they acquire the habit of thinking in terms of success. Get the success habit in the small circumstances you control, and soon you’ll be controlling the bigger ones. Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill dubbed the term Success Habit in his 1937 book, Think and Grow Rich.

Hill wrote of being inspired by industrialist Andrew Carnegie, who believed anyone could achieve success by “a simple formula” of duplicating effective behaviors.

There are several key words in this sentence and you can decide which one resonates most deeply with you.  “Duplicating” is my word.

What that means to me is this:  what I do everyday I will create or what I practice I become.

Whether I’m trying to or not, I’m creating habits daily.  They may be ‘success habits’ or bad habits but they’re habits.

Consistency is the key no matter what kind of habit you’re creating…you may not be intentionally building a bad or ineffective habit BUT by repeating the same behavior daily,  it is what you’re doing.

WHAT EVER you practice for 21 days straight will be your new habit.

If you are not consistent, stopping and starting certain actions then you’re building a habit of inconsistency with that behavior.  

The key is to practice the habit the way you want it to manifest.

So, will you commit to a successful habit-creating strategy based on consistency?  Or, will you create a habit of inconsistency, stop and start, taking action when you feel like it?

I know you want the former.  Do you want it badly enough to be consistent, through tough times, unexpected events and even on the weekend?

Spend a few minutes reflecting on what it is that you really want to create.
If you have a habit of inconsistency, can you think of why that is?

Usually behaviors that interrupt the creation of bold new habits serve a purpose.

There is something these behaviors provide…comfort, security, avoidance, acceptance…what’s behind your inconsistency?

Knowledge is power.  Or, can be power if you do something with it!

Reflect on the ‘whys’ behind your behaviors, the iceberg beneath the tip…then TAKE ACTION, armed with a genuine understanding of your needs and HOW to achieve your dreams.

Know this, what you practice you create.  The way the game is played is a direct reflection of how the team practiced.

Consistency of practice, action and behaviors for 21 days straight is how habits are formed.

So what are you doing the next 21 days?

Wishing you abundant success,


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