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When I turned 64, I celebrated my birthday by lifting 205 pounds. When I turned 63, I celebrated my birthday by lifting a toothbrush, so that was quite an accomplishment.
How did I hit my personal best so quickly? I hired a coach to show me insider tricks, practiced with him regularly, took his feedback and got a little better every day.
Before I knew it, I was twice as good, then three times as good, then four times as good. And then, suddenly, I was picking up the combined weight of myself and all my roommates with my own personal biceps.
How can you hit your personal best?
I’ve used a similar approach to become a better business owner, teacher and writer, as well. Here’s how I’ve done it, and how you can do it too:
- Train. Only the best writers come to writing workshops. The rest are busy doing things exactly as they have done for years. No train, no gain!
- Practice. Practice makes perfect — but only if you’re practicing best practices. Reading a blog post doesn’t polish your skills. Learning, followed by action, does.
- Get feedback. Work with a coach who can show you how to take the next step, continue to improve and get a little better every day.
One of my business coaches likes to say, “If you get 1% better every day, in 70 days, you’ll be twice as good.”