Still made progress though."
"How does that work? If you have a bad night surely you go backwards?"
"That's because you don't understand the concept of long-term progress.
The idea comes from my days as a salesman. The concept is thanks to Tom Hopkins, the real estate agent come motivational speaker from the United States.
He talks about averaging the income over all his sales presentations. He realised that for every two presentations, one would say no and one would say yes. The yes is worth $100 and the no is worth nothing."
He averaged it out in his mind so when someone would say no, he would say, "Thanks for the 50 bucks."
The law of averages at play.
Optimism at work also.
And it saves your sanity.
Knowing this, your training can benefit from the same attitude. You see, improvements never seem to be linear. There are days when everything goes right and you get it. Other days you have two left feet and seem to be practicing bad skills.
By the law of averages all these sessions are important. If you don't persevere through the bad session, you will never get to the good session.
"Excellent! Now I don't need to be frustrated when I have a bad day."
"Yes you do."
"The frustration is necessary as it creates the platform for you to adapt and improve."
"I get it. That's a bit like my first girlfriend. I had to go through the frustration of a bad relationship to create a good one."
"Well done grasshopper."