Football fans rejoice! Whether you find yourself humming Hail to the Redskins on your morning commute or restricting your wardrobe to team colors (not that I’m doing that…), this is officially the last week without regular season football – Go ahead, do your touchdown dance!
As excited as we may be to watch the Super Bowl champion Seahawks perform next Thursday, or finally get a taste of the tackles Jadeveon Clowney will deliver on Sundays, it also means we’ve got a week to push through that may feel slower than molasses.
That being said, here are 10 insights to power through this week faster than Adrian Peterson runs his 40.
1. Don’t confuse competence with confidence; the former is how good you actually are.
– Inspired by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Author of Confidence: Overcoming Low Self Esteem, Insecurity, and Self Doubt
2. No one seeks adversity – it seeks you. When it finds you, it’s best to have a general game plan.
3. Excellence is not perfection; it’s doing whatever it takes to get the best out of yourself – Every time.
– Inspired by Sean Richardson, Performance psychologist
4. Experts and elite athletes ‘chunk’ information to quickly divert their attention from irrelevant input, to the smaller meaningful chunks they’ve seen before.
– Inspired by David Epstein, Author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
5 .If you’re not playing offense, you’re just reacting. Indecision is what leads to doubt and fear.
– Inspired by Mark Divine, Author of The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed
6. Your ability to step away from thought and see yourself in the 3rd person is metacognition. Make it a habit to think about your thinking.
– Inspired by David DiSalvo, Author of What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite
7. Seek not absolute power, for it’s your internal power that will make you stronger.
8. “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win”
9. Want to learn the poise of great athletes? Practice the art of disciplined, delayed gratification.
10. Take off your game face – Confidence comes from expressing the truth.