When you get a group of people together to compete who are peers in terms of their technical skills, what will ultimately make the difference is who can hold it together mentally, to execute those skills best when the pressure is on.
Once all the technical training has been done, what will ultimately make the difference between those who achieve their dreams and those who don’t is ATTITUDE.
That goes for when they’re training, struggling with plateaus and seemingly insurmountable problems, or when they’re stepping up to compete against [insert big name here]. Keeping a cool head to get their timing right and shave off every potential wasted moment, THAT is what makes and breaks great teams.
As the adage goes, ‘If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough!‘
Look at the photo above and the placement of the house. The person who dreamt that up aimed high- literally and metaphorically! It is in an insanely precarious location, was probably a nightmare to build and yet, won’t it be the most incredible place with stunning views??!
Your dream may seem crazy too, and maybe other people will think that you have finally gone mad. Hey, maybe YOU will even think you’ve gone mad!
…WHAT IF you can make it happen?…
…WHAT IF your dream is actually that braver part of yourself calling you to aim higher than you’ve been told to, or dared to before now?…
…WHAT IF you were actually made to achieve this?…
Instead of worrying so much about how awful it might feel to fail, start planning how you’re going to succeed.
That shift in attitude may be the biggest step you actually need to make to allow your dreams to come true.
Newsflash: Ignore this myth!
There is a prevailing myth that some people have just ‘got it’ and are mentally strong, and some people aren’t. I beg to differ. Yes there are different levels of inherent resilience and certainly there are different personalities that may support someone in being mentally focused easier than others, but I do not accept that there is an unchangeable binary distinction between those who ‘can’ and those who ‘can’t’ when the pressure’s on.
Just as you can learn the TECHNICAL skills you need, so too you can learn the MENTAL skills you need.
We ALL have strengths and we ALL have places we could tweak our technical and mental game- this is why the best sportspeople in the world keep their mental coaches close at hand! We’re HUMAN. We can all use a little help to get focused where we need to be at different points.
Even if you have a current record of consistently turning to mush when the pressure is on, YOU CAN CHANGE THAT. It will take work, but it will also be worth it.
The difference is attitude:
* Are you fed up of how things are and want to try something new?
* Are you ready to tell your fear and pride gremlins to back off so you can achieve what you want to?
* Would you like to find out what you’re REALLY capable of?
I hope so, because I truly believe you’re worth it.
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To your success!