Nothing I, or anyone can teach you is more important than your belief in your ability to accomplish your goals.
When I was in high school I was obsessed with basketball. I lived in a tiny town and went to a tiny school. My basketball team played in a tiny league.
I was pretty good. I could shoot the lights out and could jump pretty high "for a white boy".
I also averaged like 36 points a game. Basically I thought I was the greatest high school player in the world.
When it came time for the first round of college tryouts, I showed up pretty confidently. The tryout consisted of me, and a whole bunch of guys from Toronto.
I got annihilated in every way. I looked awful. I couldn't score, I couldn't stop anyone from scoring.
That was demoralizing. I sucked, and I just learned that the hard way.
The following questions ran through my mind:
"Do I even want this?"
"Do I even have a chance to get on this team?"
"What should I do now?"
It took a few days, maybe a few weeks, but eventually I made a decision to get on that team.
How did I do it? I worked on my game until my fingers bled.
(Seriously, the tips of my fingers were all split open.)
So, what happened? I made the team, started at power forward, and had a lot of of fun doing it.
To this day, this is my point of reference when I'm faced with a decision whether I should do something or not.
We all have a default point of reference that we refer to when faced with a decision.
Can I do this? Should I try?
When faced with this question, you automatically go back to a situation where you either overcame the odds to win, or one where you were crushed by the outcome.
Your point of reference either pushes you forward or holds you back.
We all have a list of epic failures we could recall. Unfortunately,most of us default to these failures as a way of avoiding that type of pain in the future.
We all have an equally impressive list if victories we can recall.
What you use as your point of reference is up to you.
I'd like to encourage you to do something as soon as you have about 30 seconds.
Dig back and find a situation where you overcame seemingly insurmountable odds.
You did that, so you can do anything.
The next time you question whether or not you should, can, or have the ability to do something, instead of recalling a time you failed, remember the time you persevered and conquered.
You did that. You can do this too.
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