Three Simple Ways to Get Better at Getting Better

How to get better in life? Well there are simple things that we can do improve our self and one of that is to be involved in sports. This is also an effective way for athletes to develop their self- discipline and I believe that we can also develop this through fitness and sports.

Back when I was in high school, there was a sign hanging in the lockeroom: “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” Unfortunately, none of my coaches ever defined what, exactly, constitutes perfect practice. But in the reporting for my new book, Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success, I learned that a lot of the world’s best athletes improve by following a few simple rules—rules that a growing body of new research supports: take on just-manageable challenges, focus with deep concentration, and work in discrete blocks of time. The best part? These principles can be adopted by just about anyone to get better at nearly anything.



Take on Just-Manageable Challenges

Big-wave surfer Nic Lamb, who in 2016 won Titans of Mavericks, says, “Being uncomfortable is the path to personal development and growth. It is the opposite of complacency.” Elite American runner Sara Hall puts it like this: “The workouts that are on the outer edge of what I think is possible, the ones that really challenge me, they tend to produce the biggest payoff.”

Lamb and Hall are referring to a concept that researchers call “skills from struggle.” In short, studies have found that the most profound learning occurs after a period of struggle and even failure. In a paper published for Singapore’s National Institute of Education, Manu Kapur, a professor of psychological studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and an expert on human development, writes that there are vast benefits in allowing people to “explore, struggle, and even fail at tasks that are beyond their zone of proximal development.”

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