More instead of better?

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As a young athlete it’s easy to get caught up watching the professionals. They make the game look so easy. The Sonny Bill Williams’ of the world who have all the skills. The offloading, tacking and ability to break through opposition defences.

Athletes feel comfortable in themselves when they add more skills to their repertoire. But are they selling themselves short? Is it better to perfect the fundamentals rather than add more skills and be mediocre at them?

And how often do we associate perfection with practice? Practice alone doesn’t create excellence. The best athletes care. They care that their weaknesses can be turned into strengths. They care that they want to get better. The best athletes know the difference between adding more strings to their bow and perfecting the ones they already have.

Caring means raising the bar and only then can we achieve excellence.

How many athletes avoid being better by adding more?

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