Where I teach high school, my grandson attended basketball camp the last three mornings. While I watched and read, I heard the coach give them a little lecture. Apparently, some of the campers were dragging along, not even jogging as they moved across the court. They kept pulling on their shorts, looking down, not listening or paying any attention to the instructions. Coach got fed up, stopped everything, and pointed out their self defeating behaviors.
Basically, he told them that their actions appeared defeatist. Act tired, lag behind, ignore instructions, and you set yourself up to lose. Your actions become who you are. It seems these are also good pointers for all aspects of life. Ability alone will not lead to accomplishment or even happiness. Even the most talented musician, athlete, writer attains little without practice and determination. Being the best a person can be takes work and a positive outlook.