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Do you, anyone you care about, or anyone you influence ever feel like the effort is there but the results are not?

Maybe there is something important, but going after it doesn’t happen because "I’m not smart enough, tall enough, senior enough, pretty enough, male enough, worthy enough"...etc.? It’s been proven in science that YOU ARE ENOUGH to make progress towards anything that’s important to you. You just need the proper tools and the willingness to put in the work.

Here’s a tool and a couple tips to get you started.

Download the FREE Deliberate Practice Worksheet:  Use this new worksheet when you want to accelerate your progress for something important to you. How much you practice matters, but even more important is HOW you practice.

The following tips are based on research done over the last three plus decades by Dr. Anders Ericsson, the research scientist and expert on the science of expertise. If you would like to further your understanding of the topic, please have a look at Dr. Ericsson’s book, Peak: Secrets From the New Science of Expertise, http://amzn.to/2uXOX1Q.

(BONUS: Watch "Mental Toughness Meets Deliberate Practice (for a Better YOU!)" - a video Interview I conducted earlier this year with Dr. Anders Ericsson.)

Dr. Ericsson’s work is a guidepost to my applied work done with individuals, small groups, and companies across the country which include: Bank of America, Google Ventures, Autodesk, VMware, Microsoft, and Pixar to name a few.

OK.... time to roll up your sleeves, and prepare to be amazing!

  1. Set a Well-Defined Specific Goal.
    Start with something general, then turn it into something specific that you can work on to get better. For example, ‘I want to be successful at work.’ ‘That would mean for me to be a senior level manager in 5 years.’ ‘In order to do this, I will have to take an online course in management and leadership.’ In other words, start general and work backwards towards something specific you want to improve.

    What is your general goal and what will you need to work on to make progress towards this goal, so you can make measurable progress?

  2. Stay Focused on Your Goal.
    Deliberate practice requires your consistent full attention. For example, ‘I will commit to learning online programs on management and leadership for the next year by dedicating 30 minutes a day Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. to this pursuit. I will do so with 100% presence and confidence.

    What is your specific short-term commitment to your long-term pursuit?

  3. Get Feedback.
    It’s vital for you to understand what you are doing right, what you are doing wrong, and HOW to improve. A coach or mentor is ideal, but you can self-regulate as well.

    Who could you get feedback from that would help you improve (coach, mentor, self)?

  4. Get Outside Your Comfort Zone.
    To improve, you must try things that you have not done. If you can’t do it or run into challenges, find solutions. “Don’t try harder, try different.”

    What’s one new step you’ll need to take or one new skill you’ll need to sharpen to make progress?

Download the FREE Deliberate Practice Worksheet:  If you haven't done so yet, I really encourage you to download this new worksheet to help you take a big step towards that big dream. It's free, and it's going to help move the needle.

I am here to support you and to make this content real.

Here’s to you being amazing!


Mental Toughness is the tool belt or catalyst which helps you to make consistent progress and to be happy along the way. Please check out the library of (free) resources on my website (www.SherylKline.com) or schedule an appointment with me if you’d like to learn more!

Please do share if you found this helpful, and keep your eyes open for "Mental Toughness Mastery" which is my new monthly livecast coming out in the next couple of weeks! I am SO excited to share this with you, and you will be the first to know once it is launched!


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