How high expectation positions can test the desire of your goals

Some forget that there’s a mental game one likely has to play when pursuing goals

I think it’s easy to fixate on building technical skills to improve performance but I’ve seen the dangers of this one-sided strategy in my professional life that I’ll briefly cover. Afterward, I’ll share how I think this often unspoken mental game is why other QBs in Tom Brady’s draft class didn’t produce the same results that he did.

How did Tom Brady, the last picked QB in his draft, win more games than the other QBs drafted before him?

Even the coaches of the highly acclaimed QBs could not understand why their highly recruited draft pick crumbled under the limelight.

One coach spoke on how their top QB pick never played the same after his first pre-season game. “Something happened to him.” My theory is that “something” was an internal battle of self-doubt, imposter syndrome, and worry at a level the QB hadn’t experienced before and could not overcome. 

I speak with experience because I faced similar internal strife when I took on that high-profile project at work. 

Do you actually want what you say you want?

A question that I think is overlooked when someone is pursuing a difficult goal which many of the analysts in the Tom Brady video didn’t ask is: Do you really want what you say you want? I think it’s a greater challenge and in some cases, impossible to overcome the mental hurdles a goal presents when you don’t genuinely want the outcome you’re striving for. A number of the other QBs that were expected to be high performers in Tom Brady’s draft class may have realized that they didn’t want to be QBs bad enough to endure and overcome the challenges that come with the job.

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