Deliberate. I chose that blog title for a reason. Not only do I want to include writing as part of my daily regimen, but I want to master the craft of writing by using deliberate practice. It is how all the “Greats” got great. Here’s the ultimate key to success: You get good by repeatedly doing (practicing) that activity in which you want to become great. (Whew, that’s a crazy sentence—but you get my drift.) Here’s a simple illustration: if you want to increase the number of push-ups you can do, you must do more push-ups. Nothing else will give you the results you’re looking for. Let’s take a look at Michael Jordan, the great number 23. I was going to use Tiger Woods as my sports figure example but haven’t we talked about him enough lately? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. 😉 But anyway, Michael used deliberate practice to master the game of basketball. We’ve all heard the story how MJ got cut from his junior varsity basketball team, right? It was that minor set-back that inspired him to improve—catapulting him toward historical prominence in his field. He spent hour upon hour, year after year, to become great. He likely never stopped practicing. THAT is how I’m going to approach my craft from now on. No more talking about my books. I’m tired of hearing myself. I’m going to let my final products do my talking from now on. Write on!