When you doubt yourself, two things happen.
First, you start second-guessing yourself. Instead of trusting yourself and going for it, you play it safe and stay inside your comfort zone. This never works because it leads to passivity.
Remember, at the highest levels of sport, the difference between winning and losing is as thin as a razor’s edge. Therefore, you simply cannot afford to be passive.
Even basketball legend Michael Jordan himself said, “I realized if I was going to achieve anything in life, I had to be aggressive. I had to get out there and go for it.”
I repeat: You cannot reach your potential by staying inside your comfort zone, having mediocre skills, hoping your opponent messes up, or coasting over the finish line.
To win, you need a confident, aggressive mindset, and it all starts with a firm, unequivocal belief in yourself.
The second thing that happens when you doubt yourself is that you find a way to lose (or under-perform) when you really should dominate and win. This happens because deep down, you are under-rating yourself. You’re putting other athletes.
Your self-doubt causes you to think they are smarter, faster, and more talented...so at the crucial moment, you ‘lay down’ to them mentally, just enough to under-achieve or lose.
If you do this often enough, it becomes a pattern. You’re okay with a certain level of success, but then you find a way to mess up. You make your belief a reality.
This is called a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you remember the Henry Ford quote, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
The bottom line?
Self-doubt is the enemy, and you’re going to learn how to crush it like a bug. You are going to learn...