In college, I was fortunate enough to play for one of the few NCAA Division I programs that had it’s own team sports psychologist. It was progressive and it made a lasting impact. This component was so important to me that years later I asked our psychologist, Karleen Sugarman, to join ORIGINAL Nutritionals’ ‘Team ORIGINAL.’
Maybe it was because she made us write it down, but nothing hit me quite as hard as one particular session with Karleen. During a team exercise, Karleen asked us all to write down a statement word for word. She made it clear that this wasn’t a time for Cliff’s Notes or short hand. We wrote as she dictated the following:
“The only thing between me and my goals is my own mind.”
Every question I asked to counter that statement turned up false. Whether is was about the scouts, my playing time, how prepared I was, etc it always came back to personal responsibility. My mind truly was the captain of my future. And, in a way, it was quite refreshing and exciting. I thought, “If I can manage what’s between my ears, the sky is the limit.”
As for you all, don’t ever forget that us human beings are incredible story tellers. It’s how our minds work. Keep a look out for all the stories you’re telling yourself. You might be creating a story right now that makes it perfectly OK for you to miss out on your goals.
Get your mind right. Show up.
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