I want to talk about two mechanisms. The first one is very straight forward, relatively simple, it's motivation.
So, if I believe that I can do well, and think about your own past experiences,
when you believe that you could do well in something, you are much more likely to be motivated
than if you think that you are hopeless and have no chance, you are much more likely to resign and not do anything.
You are much more likely to be motivated before the event whatever the event may be, in training, in practice,
as well as during the event, while it's taking place.
Think about what Marva Collins did.
She motivated her students, she made them believe that they
could achieve, that they could make something out of their lives and that it's their responsibility that it was up to them,
and that made all the difference for them.
Because they were motivated, they worked hard.
So motivation makes a difference. There is another thing though,
in addition to motivation, and that is the notion of consistency or congruence.
What dose that mean?
You see, we all have a mental schema of the world, a mental schema of the way the world should be, or to be or is.
For example, I have a mental schema that suggests that things fall when left in middle air.
So I have a schema that says that if I dropped this, it would actually fall.