How Your Routine Can Make You Infinitely Better

One may think that the greats such as Michael Jordan or Ronaldinho have experienced tremendous success in their fields because of genetics or simply luck, and they would be right. But without their training regimens, unstoppable drive for getting better and winning, they would be nowhere close to where they are today. No matter how talented or accomplished an athlete is, without hard work and discipline they will never achieve their highest point. In this article, we are going to talk about how your training routine and ethic define your outcome in sports, and in life.

Routine Is Paramount

Think about it. What separates an average “normal” person and an average “extraordinary” person? It is their actions that differentiate between them. The extraordinary person, worked very hard to get to the position he is in right now, no matter the sport or even another craft. To be average, and normal, you have to put an average amount of effort into it. It’s not that hard to play ball on the weekends or put in 40 hours of working hours during the week.

But to wake up every day, and put all of your time into your calling, and do so the next day, and for the next decade or two is a level of dedication only a few of us can exhibit. The human body is incredibly resilient and adaptable, and when these young athletes demand the absolute maximum out of their muscles and minds, they receive. They have no option but to succeed.

What keeps them going? The answer lies in the routine. They have mastered the art of showing up to their calling, and then executing what is required of them. There is no hesitation, no being tired, no feeling bad. They call it training, and they must do it properly in order to succeed. 

Why It Matters

Ito, a friend of mine from Kyoto, recently wrote a great piece about Trevor Bauer, one of the greatest baseball pitchers of our time. He writes about how small actions he started implementing since childhood have made him the legend he is today. Bauer is an exceptional athlete, but it’s not because he was gifted or taught by great teachers. 

He made himself the star he is today, by giving his all to the game from a very young age. No one pushed him towards baseball. It was he who committed fully to the sport. To read about Bauer’s life and how he got successful, head to the article at yakyu-fan.net. It’s in Japanese, but with a few clicks in your browser, you can quickly translate the whole thing with no hassle.

There are many stories like this. In fact, it’s an archetypal motive, frequently used by filmmakers and writers alike. Both in the real world, and the fictional one, those who go to great lengths to achieve what they want are revered by others. Is there anything else in life that feels more satisfying than overcoming a challenge? And for many of us, the struggle is not with the last battle with the dragon. Instead, it’s the little things that happen every day that we can turn around and use to our advantage.

Infinitely Better Everyday

When we wake up, we have a choice. Are we going to have a day that’s one percent better than yesterday, or one percent worse? The athletes and the people who decide to follow the improvement path ultimately wound up way ahead of everyone else, either struggling behind or staying in the same spot.

Why do professional athletes put all they have towards one primary goal? Because when they strive to achieve just one thing, that’s so deeply important to them, they will inevitably succeed. By commanding their time, efforts, and motivation, they are telling the world and themselves that they are dead serious about attaining their dream.

Compounding interest works in many spheres in life, including sports, finance, even relationships. No one is able to put thousands of hours into a sport all at once, or over a short period of time. Instead, athletes know that by putting years in the game, they will accumulate an enormous amount of playing time, and when that happens, they will be unbeatable, unless they are matched with a player of the same tier.

Compounding Interest

Both lines start out the same, but in a time span of one year, we can see an obvious difference between the two. This is a concept largely popularized by James Clear, a bestselling author writing about self-improvement.