One of the biggest things I help athletes and High Achievers tackle as a Mental Performance Coach is gathering the courage to take the first step on their path to becoming a High Performer.
As High Achievers, we get so entrenched in deficit strategies, we become used to them, despite the fact that they make us feel all kinds of negative (low self worth, never good enough, scared, unconfident… the list goes on).
But, because we’re so used to them, we become afraid to leave them behind. It’s like leaving behind a safety blanket of predictable outcomes (even thought those predictable outcomes are notoriously not what we want).
It does take a lot of courage to leave our old patterns, habits, and beliefs behind. But what is on the other side of that courageous first step is an improvement in mood, state, self-talk, results and even quality of life that I can’t begin to say how important taking that first step is.
Sometimes, that courageous first step takes a leap of faith; where you have to simply throw yourself forward and watch your feet catch you.
Change almost never feels natural but if you have the courage to take that first step, you’re well on your way to becoming a High Performer instead of a High Achiever.