- Do you think it’s more important to be a “natural” at anything you attempt?
- Do you think that successful people were just “born” that way?
- Do you think that if it doesn’t come easy to you, it’s not something you want to waste your time with?
- Do you think – hey, I tried that and it didn’t work?
Each day I am reminded of my own internal dialogue that says, “you’re not as fast or as successful as so-and-so.” And then I think about all those – in so many different fields – that faced my same self-talk and discarded it.
Some of the greatest athletes, successful business people, and artists had to fight past the world’s defining them as “they aren’t naturals.”
My brother, Mike Lynch, has been a gymnastics coach for years and learned through his only story that it takes determination to make it. He didn’t start gymnastics until his senior year in high school. He had a broken neck with partial paralysis after a bad fall. He was tall for a gymnast, but he learned how to use that to his advantage. Mike was extremely disciplined and found innovative ways to improve that are now industry standards. He kept at it and has taught countless gymnasts what it takes to succeed. Many going on to receive full-ride scholarships in gymnastics.
In any business, sport or artistic realm, there are people who persevered and kept at it. They ended up embodying all the characteristics that we think of as champions, as winners. The famous story of Edison and his comment that he learned “99 ways how not to make a light bulb.”
Is today the day that you decide to discard your negative self-talk and think of actions you can take, questions you can ask, people you can have mentor you in order to create your own success? Take control, you can do it!