Take Yourself to New Heights – Develop Your Love For Details
Written by Holden Rethwill
“It’s the little things that matter.”
You’ve probably heard this phrase hundreds of times. Well I’m here to tell you, it’s the truth. Continuing in my book by John Wooden, I stumbled across an excerpt stating, “Develop a love for details. They usually accompany success.”
I couldn’t agree with this statement more. The details, all the little things we tend to overlook, are what matter most. Every day you come across moments where it’s time to make a decision. While some of these decisions may seem minute when singled out, add up poor decision after poor decision and all of these small choices become one big choice. They become habit. Well, when it comes to details, habits can occur in two ways. We can develop the habit of overlooking the finer details, focusing only on the big picture. Or, we can develop the habit of remembering to focus on the little details, the things that will set us apart from others.
Developing a love for details is important in all aspects of life. In the world of CrossFit and fitness, it means remembering to do all of the things outside performing the workout programmed for the day. That means getting enough sleep, eating the right foods to fuel your body, mobilizing to make sure you can move correctly, focusing on all the smaller aspects of lifting and gymnastics rather than just the end result, and the list goes on.
Too often we are so concerned with the end result or the numbers on the board that we forget to focus on all the little details it’s going to take to get us there. I can promise you, that if you’re someone who develops a love for focusing on details, you’re going to find success much faster than someone who overlooks them.
You may have heard of the myth that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. Whether you agree with this or not, I would like to challenge you to take the next week, not even a full 21 days, and focus on all of the little details in life that you may have previously overlooked. After you’ve made it a week, make it to two weeks, and so on and so forth. Develop the habit of focusing on the little details and I can guarantee you it will take you to new heights you hadn’t reached.
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