After the fifth consecutive scoreless game, Coach called his star player into the office for a heart to heart talk. When the player arrived, Coach could see a look of frustration, disappointment, and doubt on his face. “I don’t know what’s wrong with me,” the player said. “I’ve lost all my confidence.” Before he could continue, Coach stopped him and said the words that would completely change the player’s mindset and become the turning point in the team’s season.
“You have lost confidence because you’re playing small,” Coach said. “You’re trying to be what everyone else expects you to be instead of being what you expect to be. You are too big to be playing small.”
For some reason, the player had forgotten he was one of the best players in the league. He had forgotten how unstoppable he could be when he was laser focused. He had forgotten that the team’s success was dependent on him playing at his very best.
But, it was during that moment, Coach reminded his player of something we all forget at some point in our lives, and it’s that we are much more capable than what we tend to believe. When that happens, we usually conform to the expectations of others instead of living up to our own.
I spent a long time playing small because I did not know what I was capable of achieving. In addition to that, fitting in seemed more appealing than standing out.
I knew there was greatness in me, but I let obstacles and the negative influences of others stop me from seeing what was on the inside. As a result, I was underachieving and abandoning my true self.
Maybe you have forgotten how amazing you are. Perhaps life has beaten you down so much that you really believe you are meant to be average. It may be hard to see yourself raising the bar and reaching your potential.
I get it. I was there once before. But, my life changed when I started to believe in the power I possessed and when I realized others were counting on me to become who I was supposed to be.
You have a wealth of talent and ability inside of you. Now, it’s time to discover it, release it, and use it to achieve greatness because you are much too be big to be playing small.