Repeat After Me

One, two.

One, two.

One, two.

No, this isn't a series of army drills. It's a punching drill. Left hand = one, right hand = two. It's a simple drill that martial artists know all too well. When you practice martial arts, you quickly realise that the key to success is repetition.

Without repetition, you can't commit anything to procedural memory, or as it's more commonly known, muscle memory. Muscle memory is useful because it's automatic. When an action becomes automatic, you can wake up at 3am and perform the action flawlessly (try it, you'll be surprised).

Every martial artist knows that perfecting the 'one, two' is a long process and it's a process that's never done. But reaching perfection is a numbers game. It's not about 100 punches, 1000 punches or even 10,000 punches. It's about numbers so high, that even thinking about them will shear your shoulder sockets into sawdust.

Does any of this information surprise you? Did you expect it to be easy?

The principle of repetition applies to all skills. Whether that's copywriting, public speaking, or anything in between. Be ready for repetition, repetition, repetition. The more you do something the better you become at making the action automatic.

Whether you're a writer, actor, or vlogger, you're going to need to put in the reps to see results.

Want proof? Head on over to Youtube and find your favourite influencer. Go all the way back to their first video. Look at what they posted. Look at how they spoke. It's lightyears away from who they are today. By comparison, they suck. But like any champion, they focused on repetition instead of perfection. They knew that the only way to improve was to continue doing.

But Cassius, I hear you say, I've been brushing my teeth for 10 years and I'm not getting any better at it. Of course, you're not. And that's because you don't want to get better at it. You're not putting in any conscious practice and you're not seeking feedback on your efforts either. When you want to improve, you'll automatically look for feedback on your efforts, and you'll automatically look for better, faster ways to get things done.

But repeat after me, you cannot have success, without repetition.

A Lesson for Future Champions

Everything requires repetition. It's the only way to force to the human body and mind to adapt. Repeat the actions that you want to master and your mind + body will do the rest.

If you're looking to grow exponentially, seek feedback from the pros. If you repeat the same year of your life ten times, then your mind and body will become an expert at replicating that year. Does this sound ridiculous? It should, because it is. But you'd be surprised how many people repeat the same actions and expect different results.

Repetition is painful, but if you're willing to put in the reps, you're ready for results.