Yoda knew this when he instructed his young student, Luke, that there is no try. Do or do not, he had concluded.
Last week, during team practice I asked a high performer if he was working at capacity. He looked me in the eyes and proclaimed he was. I asked again. He looked beneath my gaze, choked slightly with unexplained emotion, and managed to say that he was. I asked again. By now, many in the beautiful conference room sensed I had crossed some invisible line, gone too far, and was being some kinda jerk. I waited for his response, anyway. Again, as if preprogrammed out came the same words, “I am.” He wants to believe he is.
The truth is he’s not. Not even close.
You see, the more we study elite performance the more convinced we are that the key to raising your game is in your mind. If you want to continue to grow, friend, get comfortable telling yourself you are improving but you’re not at capacity. Eliminate the idea and the word can’t. You see, can’t is a four letter word. Do or do not. Remember this mindset. Embrace it. Whatever is your aim, you can do more than you think. Study CI (constraint – induced therapy) and you’ll be blown away by stroke and brain tumor recovery story after story. The patients are made to do what they can by undergoing 3X therapy day after grueling day. The gains are painstakingly small, but they’re there. Over time and repetitively doing, doing, and doing some more, the patients reclaim lost movements in “learned nonuse” limbs. Yes, another gem of learning from my latest reread of the book titled The Brain That Changes Itself.
Do not believe you’ve reached your limit, friend. Challenge yourself out of belief. Allow other believers to challenge you too. Don’t be offended by their unwillingness to let you settle. Instead, dream and do. The more you love the aim, the more likely you’ll embrace the effort. Good.
As regards your capacity, friend? Not even close…