No one is watching. You don’t get cheers. You can’t really brag about how well you did. There’s not pizza and a celebration waiting for you afterwards. And you surely don’t look forward to it. The problem with rehearsal is that it’s not glamorous in our “Oh so glamorous” world. It’s the games that matter. You don’t really see the televised efforts of the Golden State Warriors practices, where they worked on plays, ball movement, defensive transition, rotation and free throws. What we saw on TV was Klay Thompson and Steph Curry draining three after three. THAT’S entertaining!
Working out is a lot like that. There has to be all that work no one talks about to get to the things people DO talk about. No one is going to praise you for working on that balance on your left side when it is clearly not as good as on the right. No one is going to tell their friends when they ALMOST saw you do a pull up. But, when all the work you do in rehearsal starts showing results, then people notice. “you’re so strong! I wish I was like you!” “you make everything look easy!” “pushups are so hard for me! How’d you get so good at them?” These are the things people will say once you put in the practice. All the notoriety that athletes get isn’t because of game day. That’s just how we perceive it. They earned that revelry because of what they do in practice. It makes game day much easier.
I’m not saying you want or need the praise. All I’m saying is if you want to be able to perform, and to perform well, you’ll need to rehearse… A lot. Performance shouldn’t be “I hope I can do this”. Performance should be “I KNOW I can do this, now let’s do it!”
What you do when no one is praising you has a direct effect on if anyone or anything praises you at all. Your body can praise you by doing the work you want it to, but it will only do that if you did the work when no one was watching.
Rehearsal has a direct effect on performance. Once we understand that, our potential is limitless.