When I was 13 or 14 years old, my mother came into my room with a book that she had purchased for me. The title of the book was “Taming Your Gremlin” by Rick Carson. I remember the book, not because I actually read it, but because of the title. I remember thinking that my mother was crazy. I did not have something in me and I certainly did not ‘get in my own way’ towards success. I was a figure skater who needed to perform day in and day out if I wanted to get to the top.
If you are honest with yourself, it is probably you. This is my challenge to you today. Choose not to buy into the message that you cannot do what it is that you really want to do (I am assuming here that what you want to do doesn’t involve hurting yourself or hurting others – if that is the case than don’t read a word further – go to your nearest hospital for help!). It doesn’t matter who that messenger is, ignore the message, and for ONE DAY live with the attitude and belief that everything you want is doable.
This conversation is pretty typical when I work with athletes. Competition is viewed to be very exciting and very important. When I say it is ‘important’ I mean many athletes view competition as the essence of being an athlete. Athletes choose to be an athlete because they love to compete. Competition is the venue where an athlete gets to publicly demonstrate his skill and provide evidence that he is better than another athlete. And you get only ONE CHANCE to get it right. And IF you get it right, you can be the hero (of the moment). You are a winner.