The Stonecutter Mentality

There's a quote up in the San Antonio Spurs locker room. It comes from "The Stonecutters Credo" by Jacob Riis.

“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”

Gregg Popovich, long-time coach at the Spurs, found other phrases thrown around silly and generic. This one had an intellectual quality to it. He followed it up with this statement:

“We don’t talk about how many games we’re going to win, winning a division, winning a championship, none of that stuff. No goals, none like that. Our goal is to get better every day, to practice every day, to treat the game with respect, and if we can come out every practice and every game, learning something that we did well or that we did poorly, we can go from there. But I think wins take care of themselves. That persistence in that quote says it all.”

It's never about one session, or one meal, or one ice bath, or one massage.

It's about the accumulation of marginal gains over time.

It's about consistency over intensity.

It's about habits.

It's about routine.

How can you use this mentality in your training?



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