This week’s tip is not from a former professional athlete or coach, rather famous novelist, C.S. Lewis. Among Lewis’s writings are Mere Christianity and The Narnia Chronicles.

“Action is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”

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Lewis was a brilliant writer and left behind a wonderful legacy. Writing is hard work. How many of us have sat in front of a blank piece of paper or a blank computer screen waiting for inspiration to appear so we can write that letter or novel or homework assignment. The only way anything appears on the page is if you start writing!

Same thing for being successful in improving your jump shot or your putting stroke or your curve ball. You have to be persistent in putting in the time. Do you remember the video I shared a few weeks ago from Wisconsin’s women’s basketball coach, Bobbie Kelsey? Get your butt in the gym. Pretty simple, really. You just need to do it over and over and over again.

This all reminds me of one of my favorite quotes which comes from former President, Calvin Coolidge: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

I find encouragement in those words. I’m not the most talented writer, I’ve certainly never been called a genius (except in sarcasm!), and I’m not the most educated. But I have persisted with my story, The Blue Team. I hope that’s enough to make it a success. I will find out soon enough when I hear the reaction from readers. I hope you are one of them.

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