Quotes by Leaders
“People can be really smart or have skills that are directly applicable, but if they don’t really believe in it, then they are not going to really work hard.” – Mark Zuckerberg
This quote isn’t directly about athletes, but it speaks a lot of truth. The athletes with a tremendous amount of talent, but don’t believe it. We all know a friend or family member who seemed to just be blessed with athletic talent. But they lacked confidence to pursue their athletic dream.
It comes down to believing in your own ability and having confidence. It’s pushing past the mental block of “I can’t”. It’s not “I can’t” but instead it’s “how.” How will you accomplish what you’ve set out to do?
I recently listened to a podcast about an individual who was born with a debilitating medical condition, which left him legless and missing one arm. It spoke about how he has overcame the victim mentality and how he’s developed confidence. For him, it’s not the hand he was dealt that matters, it’s how he plays it. His name is Nick Santonastasso and his story is incredibly inspiring.
As athletes, overcoming our own mind can sometimes be more challenging than the physical preparation it takes to become a champion. Train your mind as much, if not more, than your body and the success will find you.