At the World Memory Championship, one of the Ukrainian competitors asked me how many hours I trained this year.
I stared at him blankly. I had no idea.
I told him that I don’t keep track of my training that way.
I said, I train at least 15 mins a day.
During the week, that 15 mins sometimes turns into 30-60 mins and weekends I sometimes train 3 hours.
He got out his calculator and told me I trained roughly 660 hours this year.
I said ok, but that doesn’t mean anything to me.
He wanted to know this number, because he was fairly new and wanted to know how to take his scores to the next level.
I told him he was looking at this all wrong.
Here’s what I said:
“If I told you you need to train 660 hours this year, you’d be overwhelmed. Instead, tell yourself you have to train at least 15 mins a day minimum. That’s it. Anyone can do 15 mins.”
“Normally, you don’t feel like training.15 minutes warms you up and most times you will want to continue. Then, that 15 mins turns into 1 hour.”
My new Ukrainian friend was really encouraged by this.
I could tell by his body language that he was inspired and confident with this new advice. He could see his potential rising.
I use this advice when I want to improve anything.
Don’t look at the big number. Break it down into small chunks.
Do 15 minutes daily. ANYONE can do 15 minutes a day.
660 hours or 15 mins? What is easier in your mind?
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