Seek the Small Improvement

3 CrossFit Games Champs!!! From Left to Right – Caity Matter Henniger (’08) – Mikko Salo (’09) – Tony Blauer – Me – Graham Holmberg (’10) – Photo at Rogue Fitness in Columbus, OH – 2012

“Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time.” 

― Daniel Coyle, The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Everything Else

Daniel Coyle does a superb job with his book, The Talent Code.  This quote is something that I have focused on since I can remember.  Even before CrossFit as a collegiate baseball player I had this approach.  I would spend hours and hours and hours in the batting cage outside of practice on my own time and by myself.  I worked off the Tee.  I would work on different placement of the ball.  I would change my stance so I was hitting it on the outside and low and many other positions.  I knew that if I wanted to be successful I had to put the time in.  I also knew that if I couldn’t drive the ball well off the Tee then I had no chance to drive the ball well when its being thrown at me.

Many years later I am still taking that approach.  Not in a rush.  Not in a hurry.  When I find a weakness I would methodically start working on it until it became a strength.  I know thats not uncommon but what is uncommon is the pace at which I would expect improvement.  Expecting to be better in short amount of time is silly especially when you have been working at the sport for many years.  Expecting to be better in the long run, just a little, day by day, is the way its done.

This is also the approach I take with my members, clients, and athletes.  Slow and steady, gradual improvements.  No rush.  I do my best to impart this philosophy on to everyone I train and work with.

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