It happens when we watch Big Jerm throw a forehand. It happens when we watch Will Shusterick throw a stand still approach shot. It happens when we watch old tournament footage of Cam Todd putting. We often automatically assume that they all do those things better than anyone else in the world because they are freaks who can just do those things extremely well. Our assumption is wrong.
It’s very easy to watch amazing people in any field and compare your current performance against their world class examples. What we don’t think about is that we are seeing the pinnacle of years of daily practice and struggle. We don’t think about the number of times they hit first available tree off the tee. We don’t think about how many putts they have missed in their lives. We only think about the end result we see in front of us.
We have to remember that no one was born a master at anything. Mastery of any skill in disc golf (or in life) only comes after countless hours of work and dedication. Years and years of missing and tweaking and missing again and tweaking some more went into the performance you are watching now.
It’s unfair to expect mastery from yourself until you have also gone through the same process. It is not possible to reach proficiency without failing first. A lot. So use the performance of the masters as a goal to shoot for, but don’t get disappointed if you don’t pair up with them at this time. Most of us have a lot of failing to do before we ever get there.
This also serves as a lesson to not get upset when we do fail. It’s bound to happen. If you don’t fail at things, you aren’t actually doing anything worth while. You aren’t pushing yourself hard enough. Failure is just a stop on the road to greatness. If you want to do what the masters do, you will have to fail like they did too.[tweetthis]Failure is just one stop on the road to greatness.[/tweetthis]
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