The new performance center

The new performance center is nice. I think we can all agree on that.

What’s less clear is if it will make you better. In fact, it probably won’t by itself.

Michael Phelps came of age swimming in a run-down pool in Baltimore. The world’s top schools–primarily in Finland and South Korea–have classrooms that look like they haven’t changed since the 1950’s. Top American music camps take place in dilapidated cabins. (See Tip #6).

Plenty of athletes become world-class in nice facilities too, but they aren’t necessary. What is necessary is having clear answers to what you believe about yourself. Said another way:

“What is the story you tell yourself about yourself?” 

Do you believe you’re a backup player? Fat? Unmotivated?

Do you believe you’re a starter? Fit? Motivated?

The answers to those questions precede any results in the real world, regardless of what facility you train in.

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