Talent can make you good at something. Hard work, persistence and focus, will make you great. You know the quality of your hours are more important than the hours.
What separates the good from the great is consistency. They have the ability to create the right habits and stick to them for a long period of time - and then keep their tenacity alive when success is already theirs.
Before anyone else, you must believe you're great. Napoleon knew he was great even before he was. As did Michael Jordan and Mohammad Ali.
Confidence does not happen over night. If it isn’t founded on some kind of reality, it’s pure arrogance.
Confidence needs evidence, evidence that comes from practice. The good may practice a lot. But the great have passion - their practices are relentless, their attention to detail, unmatched. Confidence is a knowledge that we do have the ability to do things.
The difference between the good and the great isn’t talent, but consistent improvement, and where consistent improvement occurs it must be accompanied by a burning desire to succeed.
This burning desire is the fight to prove that you are as great as you know you are.