Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester suggested that his team’s historic late-season collapse had nothing to do with the fact that he and his teammates were drinking on the job. His rationale: they were doing the same thing in April and May–and the team was winning.

Sure. And if I substituted laziness for running laps, the fact that I’d be sucking air after a couple of months would be coincidental too.

You have to practice. And practice isn’t just for athletes. 

  • If you get out of the practice of blogging, you stop looking for inspiration.
  • If you get out of the practice of networking, your pipeline dries up.
  • If you get out of the practice of business development, it’s harder to make that first call.
  • If you get out of the practice of budgeting, it’s easy to go into debt.
  • If you get out of the practice of planning, it’s easy to miss market signals.

If you get out of the practice of doing, what falls down in your business?

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