Athletically Gifted vs. Mentally Tough
Yesterday I heard my roommate listening to a podcast, while sitting under the hair dryer. I add the “under the dryer” part to explain why the volume of her podcast was so loud. I don’t know what the name of the podcast was, but it was two gentlemen discussing mindset motivation.
To be quite honest, I’m not a big fan of motivational speakers. I don’t even like to consider myself a motivational speaker. I find that many motivational speakers biggest life accomplishments are…becoming motivational speakers. I strongly dislike these types of people.
The two gentlemen on this podcast were discussing how people are capable of so much more, but they mentally limit themselves. I do believe this to be true. I, myself, have placed my own glass ceiling above my head. Although I didn’t choose to, or even want to, listen to this podcast, I did find myself in agreement with what they were saying.
They went on to discuss career paths that people should strive for. They listed a few generic examples such as, “Do you like writing? You should be a writer! It may take years, but pursue your dreams.” A little generic, but I’m still on board.
Here is the point where they lost me. They began discussing career paths that are unrealistic. This raised a red flag for me. These guys must have listened to a few BS motivational speakers and thought, “Hey, we can vomit words in a convincing enough manner, that people won’t realize we are full of shit.”
You cannot tell a person to pursue any goal they choose and to not mentally limit themselves, and then, three minutes later, say that some goals aren’t feasible. My stance on this, and I’ve said it during EVERY talk I give at schools, “Chase your dreams…as long as you’re willing to deal with the consequences of not achieving them.”
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