Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Have you ever looked at someone who was at the top of their ‘game’—work, sports, the arts— and wondered, “How did they get there?” The answer is that the differentiators of top performers are their activities and attitudes. More specifically, top performers have Skill and Will.
Skill: actions and behaviors that can be learned, evaluated, and measured.
Will: an internal attitude and desire. It is the attitude for initiating the right activities, believing in themselves and what they are doing, clarity on their goals, and their desire to work through the emotional ups and downs. Some call this motivation. Some call this the Success Driver.
There may be others on the team or in the industry, more skillful than the top performers. Top performers are of course skilled; but may not be the most skillful or have the most experience. What top performers do is use the skills they do have to consistently, proactively, and clearly to keep moving forward. They focus their time, energy, and efforts and don’t let distractions keep them from their pursuit.
Our Will needs to support and build our Skill. It’s very much within our control to achieve, be what we want, and reach whatever level of success is important to us—if we have the Will to do so.
Muhammad Ali once said: “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them- a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”
Summing-up: We need both skill and will. Skills are the tools we use to build the Taj Mahal of our vision and dreams. With will comes our desire to get to our destination regardless of the path.