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10,000 Punches

Today, I want to talk to you about becoming great. I know a lot of you are on your own individual journey to mastery. A lot of you are Integrators, so really I’m talking to you Integrators most of all today.

We talk about the need for repetition and getting in your 10,000 punches or blocks or kicks. We talk about the importance of repetition of things that seem really basic in order to help you get instinctive and masterful at using them. But there’s just a couple of points around that topic that I wanted to highlight for you today.

One is that if you’re practicing wrong or practicing bad form, that’s not helping you. You can actually do some damage there. I had a teacher many years ago that would say, you know, “It’s perfect practice that makes perfect.” We want to practice good form.

When you look at people who train for martial arts, they’ll tell you about 30% of the training they do is classroom training where someone’s teaching them or they’re learning in some form.Then 70% of it is solo training where they’re out there on their own. They’re just doing it over and over again and getting in reps.

On the teaching side, they may have an instructor or a coach that’s teaching them. They may also learn in a group. In martial arts, you’ve got the dojo environment where you can practice with others. I want you to think about that. Everybody needs a coach or a teacher. Do you have one? Who’s your coach and where’s your dojo? Where is the place that you can go and practice your craft to help get yourself to become truly great?

Bruce Lee has a great quote just on the topic of practice. He says, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks one time, but I do fear the man who has practiced 1 kick 10,000 times.” I think that says a lot about intentional practice. You must practice that basic stuff and do it over and over again if you want to become truly great.

Three key points to wrap this one up:

  1. Perfect practice makes perfect. Make sure you’re always practicing good form. Don’t let your form break.
  2. Find a dojo. Find somebody to practice with. Find someone to help make sure that you’re doing it right
  3. 1 kick 10,000 times. Not just a whole bunch of different kicks at once.

Come see us on Take the Visionary and Integrator assessments. See where you’re great. See where you could use some help. We’ve been having some great discussions with other Visionaries & Integrators over on LinkedIn and Facebook.  Regardless of where you are in your process, I encourage you to join the conversation! And finally, read Rocket Fuel. If you’ve already read Rocket Fuel, and you liked it, we’d love to see a review from you on Amazon. We’d really love to hear what you think.

Until next time, Go ROCKET!



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