Great performers require a measure of confidence that would strike many as absurd, unfounded, and downright irrational. They believe in themselves utterly without question, even when everyone else is questioning how good or how sane they are.
CONFIDENCE IS CONSISTENCY OF THINKING WHAT IS POSSIBLE AND HOW TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE.
The difficulty lays in believing in something that has not yet happened. We do it all the time, though usually negative. Most people tend to let negative thoughts and beliefs control them: " I might fail, I might lose. What if I screw up? Yes, I've poured myself into this project, done everything in my power to get it right, but what if the boss doesn't like it?"
To be sure, the future is not knowable, at least in any complete way. Yet the human mind seems wired to demand a complete picture. Gestalt psychology teaches us that a structured whole does not depend on its specific constituents; a drawn figure for example, will appear complete in our mind and it still will have meaning even if the actual representation is lacking or replete with holes.
Our mind fills in the blanks based on experience. If you take any sentence on this paragraph and cover up the bottom half of the print, you will will be able to read and understand it. Even though your eyes cannot see the entirety of each letter, your brain fills in the gaps. If that sentence were in French and you never studied the language, your brain would still be able to help you sound out words based on your experience with seeing letters of the alphabet. If it were in Greek, however, with entirely different characters (assuming you didn't know how to read Greek), you wouldn't be able to sound out the words. Your brain would have no relative information to substitute for the missing data. But when there's familiarity, the Gestalt phenomenon kicks into gear, matching whatever we see to our experience.
The creativity of the brain does not end there, if you make up a story with a few major facts, tell it to someone, and then go about your business, when you come back later and ask the person to repeat the whole story, they are likely to add more "facts" than you gave them. It's a favorite experiment among cognitive psychologists, particularly those who study "false memory". If you ask subjects how they know so many details, they are likely to explain that they must have read it in the newspaper or heard it from another friend. To justify added information, they manufacture an explanation. When confronted with the verity that the story was fiction from the beginning, part of a psychological experiment they insist that they must have heard about the experiment somewhere.
Thinking is a habit, and letting your brain create negative results of your endeavors which fill you up with fear is the same as having faith in the negative outcome.
FEAR IS INVERTED FAITH
When your thoughts are fear of the negative outcome, your vision, your problem-solving skills, your confidence, and your creativity is greatly limited. It narrows your perspective and your options are reduced by your own lack of clarity.
Like I said before, thinking is a habit, and a habit that you've had your entire life can and will most likely take months, if not years to reverse. What do you have to lose by instead of focusing on the ways things can go wrong, you focus on the many ways you can succeed, on the limitless possibilities of making your dreams come true.
Do you think truly confident people are walking around with a confident stance yet their minds filled with how things will go wrong in their lives? Of course not, they are confident on how things will go right, and if there is an obstacle, they are ready to tackle it with full force.
In good health,
Efren Guerrero Rodriguez
High Performance Personal Training.