Every athlete practices. The best ones practice more than their competitors. If you want to be really good at something, there’s no way around practicing — it’s just part of the game. Even Michael Jordan practiced — a lot.
Do you feel harried, stressed, and driven to distraction? It seems that almost everyone that I talk to feels that way. How can that be? I don’t remember feeling that way growing up. I don’t remember hearing my parents talk about feeling pulled in too many directions either. So what’s different?
Cell phones, email, Internet access, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, play dates, car pools, kid’s sports, long hours at work, vacations connected to the office, working weekends, and more — the myth of multi-tasking. We flit from one thing to the next without concentrating on anything for more than a few seconds. What do you suppose that is training us to do, be more efficient? Nope. I think it is training us to be miserable.
If you want to get a handle on your life, or maybe even be the Michael Jordan of efficiency, unplug. Train yourself to concentrate. Practice focusing. You’ll be amazed how well you do when it’s game time.