Imagine for a moment that you’re a star baseball player. It’s the bottom of the ninth, and your team is down by three. You’re at bat with a full count. As you glance to your teammates at each of the bases, you know everything comes down to you. What’s going through your mind?
Are you worried? Can you feel the pressure? Is there a little voice whispering, “Don’t mess this up!” Or are you confidently picking out which set of stands you’re going to slam the next pitch? Maybe you’re somewhere in between, thinking, “I’m a good batter, he’s a good pitcher. I’ll do my best and see what happens!”
Each of us was born with a predisposition in how we view the world. Some people, pessimists, consistently pick out the negative things. Others, called realists, believe they simply see life as it is. And the final group, optimists, constantly look for the best in every person and situation.
Up ‘til now, you have been going through life with one of these dispositions. If you’re an optimist, our talk of BIG probably really resonates with you and excites you. But for you pessimists, and even for some of you realists, BIG may seem like wishful, “pie-in-the-sky”, never-gonna-happen thinking. It seems unattainable, or worse, disconnected from reality.
Well I have news for you: disposition isn’t destiny. No matter your predisposition, you can be BIG. You can achieve greatness and have access to your most powerful, energized, and indomitable self, no matter what the little voices in your head try to tell you. It’s all a part of your journey, and it starts with recognizing the voices that shape your disposition and choosing to give voice to your most empowering perspectives.
Next time, we’ll talk more about your inner voices, your whisperer and your gremlin, and how to deal with them!