“You can tell how committed someone is to his goal by how much it takes to discourage him.” ~Unknown
When I became captain of the Harvard Rugby Team, the team had already qualified for the Sweet Sixteen’s National Tournament. My goal was to lead the team to a National Championship victory. But this wasn’t going to be easy—in fact, many believed it to be impossible.
The competition was going to be tougher than we had ever faced and we had a number of barriers to winning.
First, most of our team didn’t believe that we could win.
Second, even our best players lacked the technical rugby skills to play at this level.
Finally, we only had seventeen excellent players in a game where we would have fifteen men on the field at all time, so we would lack the depth of players that other teams would have.
All three of these barriers seemed insurmountable to me at the beginning of my captaincy. But I was committed to dealing with each and ultimately break through all of them.
What are the barriers in your personal, professional or academic life? What is holding you back from achieving the goals and aspirations you want? Are these barriers mental, are they in your environment or are they due to a lack of particular skills? Maybe they are a little of each. Think about answers to the following questions:
What beliefs are holding me back from achieving what I want?
What barriers are in my surroundings?
What skills do I currently lack that are necessary to achieving what I want?
Now that you are thinking about the answers to these questions, identify very specifically what you must do in order to break through these barriers to your success.
Once you’ve clearly identified what is holding you back, you can begin to work on the right end of the problem.
Ultimately, I was able to develop solutions to my team’s barriers as captain of the Harvard Rugby Team. The national rugby media in the end dubbed The 2003 Harvard Rugby Team to be the Cinderella Story of the decade. We played far beyond what anyone expected—well, a few of us knew that we were capable of doing what we did.
Written by Marc Wayshak, Motivational Conference Speaker and College Speaker