Chet Holmes, the author of The Ultimate Sales Machine, is a sales specialist and karate master.
At the age of 15 he tied a rope with a softball attached to his ceiling to practice chopping and blocking. At first, he would miss the ball and it would occasionally swing and hit him in the head. After 6 months he was surprised at his reaction time.
Holmes says, "I realized that becoming a master of karate was not about learning 4,000 moves but about doing just a handful of moves 4,000 times. This repetition trained my body to run like a machine."
Our minds are incredible, and we can adapt to anything. We've been told practice makes perfect, but how often do we practice something if we don't know what the outcome will be? Holmes's goal wasn't to become a karate master in one day. I bet his first goal was to avoid the pain of the softball hitting him in the head over and over: his goal was to do a "handful of moves" every day.
We may have days when we feel we can do everything. But the days when we do the handful of things that are the most important, even if we're falling apart otherwise, are the ones which keep our foundations strong so we can continue to launch to higher goals.