This is a message for anyone leading anyone. This is a message if you want to make meaningful progress.
Do it over. Again.
Can I get an encore?
Let me explain…Last week, I ran a basketball camp for over 100 kids. One of the coolest things for me is seeing the development of the kids who return year after year. It also makes me want to bring something new each year of camp — a new drill or a new motivational message.
Make it fresh. Keep them on their toes. That’s important!
What’s more important though? Repeating something old.
Of course we threw some new things at them, but nothing replaces repetition. So we revisited the triple threat and pivoting and being in a proper stance. We also revisited some of the points of emphasis we’ve focused on every year like…
- Challenge yourself.
- Encourage someone else.
- Make mistakes.
- Compete don’t compare.
- Have fun.
I thought I had to bring something new. but I’m learning that what’s most often needed is going back to something old. Repetition isn’t just for the drills; it’s for anything that matters.
The goal isn’t to practice until you get it right; the goal is to practice until you can’t get it wrong. The goal isn’t to repeat something until you remember it; the goal is to repeat it until you can’t forget it. The goal isn’t just to speak it; the goal is to believe it.
Repetition leads to belief, mastery and impact.
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells a story of a persistent widow and a corrupt judge. The lady kept coming back to the judge asking for justice. Finally, the judge said, “Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!” There’s a few lessons in that parable 🙏🏼.
Repetition leads to breakthrough.
Keep on keeping on!