There is no blue print on how to become the best at what you do. Honestly, in my mind, that's a good thing! If there was a set path, it would cheapen what it means to actually play at world class. Each and every one of us needs to harness our own unique drive, dedication and passion towards constant improvement... Always remaining hungry to redefine our best - whether that is by a single percentage point, or a hundredth or thousandth of a second. So while I won't pretend to have the answers, I want to provide a few reliable guide posts that can help all of us on our personal journey towards playing at our highest levels.
... when it comes to the higher stakes experiences in life, how often do things go to plan? It's at these times when, after getting punched in the face, the autopilot for 'the plan' gets turned off. You must have the strength of mind to keep the goal line in your sights and press forward.