Everything that I have written about this week is unbelievably difficult.
Attempting to advance a just cause is usually laughed at for being too “fluffy.”
Building trusting teams is overlooked by short-term goals with arbitrary timelines.
Looking at other competitors and basing your decisions off of what you do in order to stay ahead is easier than admiring worthy rivals and learning from them.
Having the capacity for existential flexibility is too risky and uncertain for the finite minded leader.
The pressure is simply overwhelming.
But being an athlete with an infinite mindset means that you embrace the hard. You do things differently. And that’s because you have courage.
In 1919, the law for large boats was written for ferries 1/4 the size of the Titanic. Because the law didn’t require the builders of the Titanic to put more lifeboats on the ship, they didn’t–for the sheer fact that it would cost too much.
When they eventually hit the iceberg that took down the “unsinkable”, guess how many people died? Yep, you guessed it: 75% of all passengers on board.
Adopting an infinite mindset goes far above what is required by law. It’s having the courage to lead by doing the right thing regardless.
Ask a trusted friend for honest feedback. Ask them specifically about your blind spots and how you can improve as an athlete.
Then, fix it. Make sure those blind spots don’t remain. Ask for help from your coach or a trusted friend if needed (hint: you’ll probably need it).
Other articles in this series:
Mindset: Adopting an Infinite One
Mindset:Advancing a Just Cause
Mindset: Trusting Teams
Mindset: Worthy Rival
Mindset: Existential Flexibility