Last week, the world was introduced to the teenage tennis phenom, Cori “Coco” Gauff during Wimbledon. Not new to the sport by any means, Coco has been playing tennis since she was 7-years-old. Winning multiple titles including the French Open at fourteen and being ranked as the number one junior tennis player in the world; simply put, Coco is a marvel.
Watching her beat her idol Venus Williams and play one of the greatest comeback matches in modern tennis brought tears to my eyes. The level of heart, grit, and determination Coco executed on the court was something we could all take notes on and apply to our lives.
What I know for sure is, people don’t just appear out of nowhere on high performing stages. These top tier athletes train and prepare for years to become masters of their craft. They put in the work in private, so they perform well in public. As Malcolm Gladwell says, they apply the 10,000-hour rule. Meaning, they put in an enormous amount of time and preparation into honing their talent, skills, and abilities to become the best.
In the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, he says, “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” I genuinely believe that most people don’t see the results they desire in their lives because they are in a constant fight with the preparation process.
You may want to become a speaker, but you don’t read books. You may want to lose weight, but you refuse to give up fast food. You may want to save money, but you won’t stop frivolous spending. You have to practice how you want to play in the game of life. Greatness doesn’t have an expiration date, but it does cost you more time, energy, and effort than the average person is willing to sacrifice.
We are in the second half of the year, and it’s time to stop playing small. For you to win big, you have to know that the mind doesn’t know limits. Winners only prepare to win.
Love and Grace,