” We are surrounded by doubt everywhere we look. Some of it is external, sure. But the most powerful and compelling doubt that poses a threat to our achievement is self-imposed. We have all experienced self-doubt at one point or another. It is natural – knowing that we will inevitably fail at something or another is a defense mechanism that tempers our expectations and helps us avoid disappointment. But there is another, more profound effect. It also serves to limit our efforts. Doubt is a self-fulfilling prophecy that inhibits our ability to seek what we want to achieve.
Belief is the foundation upon which mankind’s greatest achievements were built. Every grand structure, advance in science/medicine, amazing discovery starts as a belief (yes, even accidental discoveries were rooted in belief). But in this same vein, so does everything that we achieve on a personal level. Every good grade we get, every pound we add to our strength numbers, every improvement in conditioning, every success in our professional and personal lives starts with that very same belief. The Little Engine That Could had it partway right – “I think I can” is good; “I know I can” is better. In believing, we hold true to the idea that we are capable of amazing things – and we are.
Belief is powerful; but all of these achievements are not possible with belief of success alone. There is another type of belief that we should realize. This other type is a belief in our efforts – that everything we do in pursuit of our goals has taken us that much closer to where we want to be. Often, we can lose sight of this belief when in the middle of a particularly arduous cycle or difficult moment – but if we take a step back and see where our struggles fit in to the big picture, it puts things into perspective. Please don’t mistake this for me saying that we need not question anything. It is healthy to always ask “why” and to want to understand the purpose of our actions – in fact, when we design programs, we constantly stop to ask ourselves “why,” forcing us to identify the purpose in each and every movement, combination, time domain, and rep scheme. Continued…