Many times throughout the day I find myself thinking, “That would be a good blog post.” But when it comes to sitting down to write it, I get paralyzed. I start thinking about how do I start this, or how can I make this the best it can be, or how should I structure this. And then… nothing happens. I get to caught up in thinking about how I need to improve my writing skills or come up with a great introduction.
This made me think about a story I recently heard.
A ceramics professor separates a class into two groups. One group is graded on the number of pounds they produce in clay vases. Something like 50lbs equals an A, and 40lbs equals a B and so on. The other group is graded on the quality of just one clay vase. They can plan it out however they like, but they are solely measured on the quality of their vase. The exciting thing that happens is that the group that is measured in quantity also produces the best quality vase at the end of class. They had time to learn from their mistakes and then improve upon them. Whereas the group that had one shot planned and planned but when it came to executing the plan they failed to come up with a high-quality piece.
I believe the same goes for my writing or anything else you and I do. Repetition will help us progress. It might not get us to perfect, but we will undoubtedly be better than when we started.
Apply this to your golf swing, a weightlifting movement like the snatch or clean and jerk. You can apply this to coaching as well. You can plan all you want, and read all the books about coaching, but until you go through the fire of coaching athletes, you won’t become great at coaching.
Bottom line, just get started in whatever craft you want to be good at. Each repetition is a chance to improve. Sometimes the repetition will be great, and other times it won’t turn out so well. Chances are that over time, and with enough repetition, your craft will improve.