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No. 147 / Form, focus, and follow through

You’ll need all three if you are to accomplish your goals. If you take one out, then you’re only selling yourself short.

Form: shooting a basketball, throwing a dart, playing the violin, riding a bike, writing a book...anyone can improve their form in any skill they are trying to develop. Proper form takes someone who is weak in a particular area and makes them stronger. It allows people who may not be as talented to play at a similar level to people who may be more naturally gifted, but think they don’t need to work on their form. Form is the first step toward mastery.

Focus: if your eye isn’t constantly watching the target, how could you possibly hit the mark? Focus drives motivation. It wakes you up early in the morning and helps you push through your doubts throughout the day. Focus consists of your attitude and approach. Do you cheerfully do what’s necessary? What other people won’t do? Are you humble through the ups and determined through the downs?

Follow through: persistent patience. Consistent performance. Relentless generosity. It’s your continual effort. Repetition is the mother of all learning. It’s also the key to achieving your dreams. Keep doing the things you should be doing—day in and day out. Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe, it can either be your asset or your enemy. Don’t underestimate the power of small, simple steps. 

Improve your form. Recalibrate your focus. Remember to follow through.