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The Unelite Athlete

The potential is potentially great!

The word potential is always seen as being a limit. A meaning of reaching a possible limit and stopping there. Something that we set ourselves and let others decide where it ends for us. Either people with the knowledge of the subject, or those with no experience on the matter at all.

This is the exact meaning that I want to flip right on it’s head, and I intend to do so.

Without really getting into it too much, I’m going to talk about the two main sides; one being the pessimistic and the other being optimistic.

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Pessimistic

This is the side that will tell you all about not only your own limits, but the limits of everyone else, even the professionals out there that have endless resources to help them achieve their targets.

You could have so many people around you telling you that you can do it, yet it only takes one negative comment to let that doubt enter, and your training comes crashing down.

Optimistic

The people that can make you believe. Now this isn’t to be confused with achieving things without working on them but, this group of thinkers can help engage the belief for people to break through the potential they set themselves. The trouble is that all you need is one pessimist in a group of optimists to cause a stir. Where as one optimist in a group of pessimists, has little effect on changing a belief.

So why do we think like this?

It’s all to do with people’s happiness. I recently read a good theory on human nature thinking patterns and it can be linked to comparisons.

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1. Downward comparisons – comparing ourselves with those less fortunate, makes us feel better about ourselves.

2. Upward comparisons – comparing ourselves to those who are more talented or better off in some way, makes us feel bad about our own lives.

That is what I think the link is. I’m not saying that every pessimistic person is trying to sabotage your efforts but, I believe it can be linked some way into the human thought system. I don’t believe there is a way to always be optimistic, or pessimistic. I do believe that it can, to a certain extent, be controlled.

So in order for us to advance in any aspect of our lives we have to stop putting a maximum level on our potential, as individuals and also as people. Take pleasure in someone else’s efforts and success and if you don’t believe in what they’re doing, then turn the other cheek and let them be.

At the end of the day, no one wants to be the reason that someone quits their dreams, do they?

“Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” —Tim Ferriss

Catch up with you soon

Calum

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