I was invited to the CBC High School State Soccer Championship Banquet a few weeks ago. Tom Michler, the brother of Head Coach Terry Michler, spoke to the audience. Tom is a sports psychologist who worked with the players during the season. Early in his remarks he said something that was both profoundly simple and powerful.
He said, “You cannot outperform your own belief system.”
In other words, no matter how hard you work at an activity, you will never perform the activity better than what you believe you are capable of performing. That means that success in any activity, personal or professional, is based both on your beliefs and your execution.
What do you truly believe you are capable of achieving this year? Write it down. Then challenge yourself to see if you really believe that. Also, challenge yourself to see if you can expand in your own mind what you are capable of achieving this year. At your best, you won’t perform better than what you believe you are capable of achieving.