Asking myself “Do I have what it takes?” is often one of those things. It’s as if, by asking, I’m implying the answer is: I don’t.
Follow this with me for a minute.
How am I supposed to know “what it takes”?
The only thing I know is who I am and what I’ve done. But why am I asking at all? If I’ve performed well, I wouldn’t need to ask. I’d already know.
So here’s why this question is set up to fail.
When I look at what I’ve done, I’m looking at the past. But when I ask “Do I have what it takes?” I’m making a decision about the future.
Every single Olympic record, without exception, was created by doing better than the past. The past might be a good starting point, but it’s definitely not the same thing as the future.
The question I’m learning to ask myself is: “Will I do what it takes?”
When I ask that, I’m no longer looking back, stuck on my failures. Now, I’m action-focused. My mind already starts organizing the steps needed to get to work.
And that’s when things begin to happen.
This is post is part of a series on Success Habits.