“No matter what had happened the night before – good game, bad game, soreness, fatigue – he was up working out every morning while most of the other guys slept.” That was Tim S. Grover talking about Michael Jordan, in his book Relentless. He continued, “Kobe is the same; he’s insatiable in his desire to work. Some days we’ll go back to the gym twice a day and once more at night, trying different things, working on certain issues, always looking for the extra edge.” In Kobe Bryant, The Mamba Mentality – How I Play, Phil Jackson said this about Kobe: “My staff would meet at 8:30 AM at our facility before a practice or game to prepare for the coming day. More often than not, by the time I pulled in, Kobe would already be parked in the car next to my designated spot, taking a nap. He would be in the gym well before that, maybe by 6 AM to get his pre-practrice workout done before anyone else showed up. That was the trademark of the final 10 years of his career.” What are you doing to separate yourself from your competition? Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, these guys were the best at their game. Was it just their God given talent that made them that way? Absolutely not! It was also their work ethic, their drive and dedication and their love of the game. One of the biggest secrets to success lies in the answer to this question. What do you do when no one is around? What are you doing to get better, move to the top, or stay at the top? It doesn’t matter if it’s in sports, business or something else, if you want to be the best, there is so much that you have to do on your own. You can’t do it for recognition or praise. You put in the extra practice for yourself, not for anyone else. Last weekend Drew Brees set the new NFL record for most career pass touchdowns. Brees has the same mentality and work ethic as Jordan and Kobe. What was he doing the night before the game where he broke the record? The same thing he does every night after practice has ended and the rest of the team has left. He goes through his own workout. This video from Reggie Bush was taken the night before his last game. This is what it takes to be great. What are you doing to be great?
- How much time do you dedicate towards practice each week?
- Do you practice with intent?