You Are More Capable Than You Know
Something I’ve been doing recently when I get home from work is throwing darts. My roommate has a dartboard, and he’s really good at it, so I figured I’d give it a try. Through consistent practice I have gotten better, but I’m still not great at it. At the least, I go until I get one bullseye. Sometimes it takes 5 minutes, sometimes it takes 15. But this weekend was different. Instead of casually throwing darts like normal, I decided to dedicate all of my focus to it. I visualized, I rehearsed, I told myself in my mind I was going to do it, and on the first throw I got a bullseye. I was blown away. It worked! I geared myself up again, focused, visualized, and boom. Bullseye again. This time I hit center red!
I’m not saying I could duplicate that on command, but I am saying that my heightened state of focus and effort allowed me to improve my outcomes. I had never thrown two bullseyes in a row before, I didn’t even think that I could, but now I did, and I’m wondering what else I have been ruling out when it comes to my capabilities.
You are more capable than you know.
There is something inside each of us that we can access if we really want to. It might be within your core competency, it might be something you’ve never tried before. But, just because you can’t see something in the moment doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, or that you can’t tap into it. We all have a latent potential that is begging to be accessed.