My two favorite sports are in full swing.
Serena Williams looks to cement her mythic athlete status by completing a single-year Grand Slam at the US Open. In Europe, qualification games for the European Soccer Championships are played around the clock.
My eyes are glued to the television set in Germany with my mom, watching the Germany-Poland game. The poetry of a sport well executed stirs my soul.
Infinite lessons as I watch athletes who excel at what they do. Business lessons. Life lessons. Two factors, in particular, define the athletic edge.
Athletes train and train and train. Most start with a healthy dose of natural ability, but athletes work harder at their trade than the rest of us do. This commitment to personal mastery, to intentional practice and incremental improvement, is their differentiator. Most of us reach a plateau, often a fine one, and coast.
I have a mastery mindset when it comes to physical exercise, thanks to my trainer. I have it when it comes to writing, thanks to my study with a troika of writing luminaries and editors who elevate what I turn in. In most other parts of my life I coast. Sometimes great fun. It does not yield the rewards of mastery.