Movement isn’t enough…
Action isn’t enough…
It’s not enough to take action every day. It’s not enough to see movement every day. Unless those actions and that movement is TOWARD something.
Too many of us wake up and fill our days will a thousands tiny actions. We’re busy from the moment we open our eyes to the moment our heads hit the pillow. Yet, when someone asks, “hey, what’d you DO today?” we can barely recall.
Because we were acting in the name of acting, of filling moments, rather than moving TOWARD something.
Greatness researchers tells us it takes a minimum of 10,000 hours or about ten years of practice to achieve greatness in any field. But simple practice, action or movement won’t do. DELIBERATE practice is what’s needed. And, they describe the difference between practice and deliberate practice as repeated actions where each action is done with a specified goal in mind, analyzed, corrected then repeated with the intent of getting closer to the goal.
So, a golfer who hits 5 buckets a day isn’t engaging in deliberate practice, but rather just practice. Whereas, a golfer who hits 5 buckets and, with each shot aims to hit a flag 200 yards out, then analyzes and corrects each swing, IS engaging in deliberate practice.
The former golfer might hit balls for decades and see a modest movement toward her goal, toward greatness. While, a golfer who hits balls in a more deliberate manner will likely see far greater improvement, far more excellence in a far shorter period of time.
So, as you prepare to move into a new year, ask,
“Am I acting with deliberate intent, or am I just acting. Or, worse…reacting?”
Because action for the sake of action often keeps you eternally busy, but walking in circles. While acting with deliberate intent, where each action is designed to bring you closer to a stated goal, is far more likely to deliver greatness and success.
So, I’m curious, as you look back on 2009, what type of action has defined your year?
And, if not deliberate, how will 2010 be different?
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