Deliberate practice the key to success

November 20, 2012 | By

Hi everyone,

The key to getting better at anything is deliberate practice.

Scientific research shows that the quality of your practice is just as important as the quantity. Simply spending time doing something won’t lead you to expert levels of performance.


My coaching ethos and indeed style of coaching has always relied on deliberate practice. As has my own personal quest to be as good as I can be at polo. At my polo school this has a direct reflection on your improvement because I apply it to the coaching of all my students and friends so that we can get the most successful improvement possible in the shortest time without compromising enjoyment or progress.  


To gain skills rapidly or approach expert-level status at something, you must understand the importance of deliberate practice and learn how to incorporate it into your daily life.

Deliberate practice involves formally structuring your practice with the specific goal of improving performance. Mere repetition won’t do. Your practice must be: intentional, aimed at improving performance, designed for your current skill level, combined with immediate feedback, and repetitious.

Learn more about deliberate practice, and how to use it to your advantage.

“Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone.” -Neale Donald Walsch


Best regards,

Mark Harris



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I have played professional polo all over the world, and represented New Zealand at international level. I sometimes cannot believe that this great game has taken me so many places, and allowed me to play with - and against - so many fantastic people.

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