In the last article in the Coaches Corner, we posed the question “What Do You Want?”. We asked you to think about what you want to achieve and what you are willing to give up to achieve it. In this installment, we will look at what it takes to become a master of anything. This applies to more than just lifting, but the analogy works so we will go with it.
Thomas Edison and Michael Jordan seem to be the examples that everyone likes to use. You know them, they invented the light bulb and discovered lots of ways not to. Or MJ, the man who took thousands of shots and failed and that’s why he succeeded. You know their stories, but the key that they have for all of us is that in order to master anything you have to risk failure. You have to be willing to not be perfect. It is safe to not want the ball in your hands when the game in on the line. It is safe to not want to step up and be responsible. It is easy to just be a member of a team and not the star.
It is easy to give up after failing hundreds of times to create a light bulb. It is easy to give up after several months of not being able to do a pull-up. It is easy to walk away and just say, I guess I am not supposed to be able to do that. It is easy to walk away from mastering something, anything.
But if you want to master something in life, you have to risk failure and more than likely accept that failure is going to be a part of the path that we walk on. If I want to get stronger, then I am going to fail in some of my lifts. I have to in order to know that I am pushing my body to new heights and new challenges.
If I am writing programming for an athlete it is not always going to get the results that I want, but I will learn what does and does not work. A master is a perpetual student of the game, addicted to knowledge and growth for their betterment and the betterment of their students.
If you want to grow into a master of anything you have to absorb the knowledge and wisdom that is out there and then make it your own. Change it up to meet your specific needs and make it uniquely yours. Blend what needs blending, remove what needs removing, share what needs sharing and grow. That process requires that we stumble and fall and fail.
The failure leads to adjustments and adjustments lead to growth. Growth leads to mastery. So how do you become a master of anything, you step out there. You call for the ball when the game is on the line. You know that you are going to take your shot and come success or failure, you will learn and adapt.
You have the potential to be a master…are you willing to risk failure?