Would you rely on winning the EuroMillions Lottery jackpot for your retirement plan? Why work when you could just play the lottery and win £186M?
Unfortunately, EuroMillions says the odds of correctly picking all seven numbers is one in 139,838,160. So, playing the lottery is not a sound retirement strategy because it relies on luck.
Likewise, relying on luck is not an effective method for athletic success. Success must be pre-paid through sweat equity. The practice field and training facility is where you:
- Shape habits
- Sharpen your competitive mindset
- Build mental skills
- Develop physiological capacities
- Hone technique
- Design strategy and game plans
Whether you are a youth athlete, professional player, or elite performer, the practice should ALWAYS be a priority.
For example, Lionel Messi, one of the greatest footballers to step on the pitch, revealed that hard work was his “not-so-secret” recipe for success, “I start early, and I stay late, day after day, year after year. It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.”
Obviously, Messi is a talented athlete, but success is more than talent. Even if you possess the prototypical body, physical strength, and natural ability, success will be elusive without a diligent work ethic and preparedness.