Recently, someone came up to me at the gym and asked me how I got so good at jump roping.
I responded with a simple answer: I practiced a lot. For a really long time. And I didn’t give up.
And it really is as simple as that.
No matter what you want to get better at in life, the key to all improvement is long-term, focused practice.
This same lesson applies whether you have a fitness-related goal like jump roping, pull-ups, or sprinting, or a non-fitness-related goal like writing, public speaking, or becoming a less reactive person.
Practicing — really practicing — doesn’t mean putting in just a couple of mindless practice sessions here and there.
Showing up and putting in your reps is an important first step. But eventually, you’ll want to be more intentional about your practice.
This means diving into focused, deliberate work with the specific goal of improving performance. And doing this day after day for the long haul.
When I picked up a jump rope for the first time since elementary school, I wasn’t naturally gifted at it. I tripped a lot, got rope burns, and some days could barely jump at all.
But I kept at it, and eventually, it became something I’ve become pretty good at.
No matter where you’re at in your journey, keep going.