Elite athletes behave and practice much differently than average athletes. The study of elite athletes had led us to some startling conclusions about how to create better athletes, or become a better athlete ourselves.
The main differences are the way elite athletes use visualization, and their practice habits. Rather than just using their imagination, they actually 'travel in time' and they inhabit the body of their future selves fully. Using the power of the mind, they teach themselves how to perform in the future moment during a game scenario.
When it comes to practice, great athletes always practice with purpose. They use 'deliberate practice' 100% of the time, to make the most of their training regimen, and advance more quickly than other players.