The third spoke in the “Wheel of Excellence” is mental readiness:
I would give a very, very high priority to mental readiness, because it applies to your overall knowledge, experience, and overall preparation for this given event. It’s everything. It’s the confidence of knowing that you have done everything that can be done before you go in there, that you have prepared yourself as well as you possibly can, and that you know you can do it (Elite Cardiac Surgeon)
This is the core of readiness Terry Orlick describes in his article: seek or create learning and performance opportunities, develop essential skills necessary to your pursuit; plan, practice, and prepare; perform to capacity via pre-performance routine, have a path to fulfill your destiny, and relax.
Readiness begins with knowing what is required of us in every contingency related to our area of practice. We then create a plan of study, practice, and performance. We create a pre-performance routine that we perform with each practice. We can visual a path through the steps of our plan to the fulfillment of our destiny. We learn how to relax into our practice, and into our performance.
Champions learn to make every minute count. They don’t take time off for TV, or for drunken routs, or romantic affairs. When they do, you know a fall is imminent.
They are committed to their vision, fueled by their belief in their ability, which comes of their slow but steady accomplishments in their practice and their performance.
We who are ordinary can learn from their success, and find our own path to accomplishment.