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Old 07-14-2010, 12:36 PM   #16
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 3,192
Re: Ambling down the path...

Interesting reply, Kevin. If I accept Keith's definition of mastery (which I do), I'm not actually sure that willpower and determination play that great a role. That sounds completely goofy, but let me see if I can clarify. When I think of the words "willpower" and "determination", I get a mental image of gritted teeth, of strain and stress and effort. I don't think the 10,000 whatevers takes that kind of willpower and determination. Instead, it's the very tiny willpower and determination to do just one more. And then one more, and one more, and one more, but they're all just done one at a time. I don't know how anyone can accomplish anything by thinking about those 10,000 reps. I know people do, but I'm not one of them.

Of course, if I'm more typical than not, that may imply that most people who actually get to 10,000 reps are the very ones who don't ever think about getting there.
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