I've cross-posted this from Melrosegirlsbasketball.com.
Peak performance (sometimes accompanied by greatness, but more often by hyperbole) occurs by design. Louis Pasteur reminds us that "chance favors the prepared mind."
Practice is insufficient. Ericsson calls it "deliberate practice" and others "purposeful practice." Only by challenging your limits, enhancing your athleticism, skill, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual (teamwork) game do you become your best.
Book recommendation: "Bounce" by Matthew Syed.