While there is a certain percentage of the population who claim to want it, in practice, most people want nothing to do with it. The word carries with it connotations of uncertainty, some sort of time constraint, being depended on — and a penalty if we don’t deliver.
It’s easier to stay away from it, even to prevent a pressure situation from coming up in the first place, says the clever one.
But as we all know from the experience of living, sometimes pressure unexpectedly finds its way to us and it won’t leave. Any of these can generate pressure —
- Not easily solvable
- You or others have tried and failed before
There are the special ones amongst us, though, who don’t mind pressure; they invite and seek it out. As a matter of fact, they don’t even see it as pressure. They know that, whatever happens, they’ll figure it out and make something happen. These people live with the mentality of, I Got This.
Below are the benefits you’ll experience when you decide to live in the I got this frame of mind, and how it’ll help you handle the issues at hand.
A hint: Anyone can assume this mindset at any time.
You take the pressure off of everyone else and put it on yourself.
Dennis Rodman is an NBA legend and Hall Of Fame player who won several championships, two Defensive Player Of The Year awards, and basically led the entire 1990s in rebounding despite standing only 6’8” (this was back when every NBA team employed multiple 7-footers who didn’t even think about shooting three-pointers). Dennis played for the Chicago Bulls during the Bulls’ second three-peat from 1995-1998.
Dennis has a teammate named Michael.
Mind you, Rodman had started his career playing for the Detroit Pistons, the team that had eliminated the Bulls from Playoffs three years in a row and won the last two NBA titles before the Bulls’ first three-peat had began. Dennis was one of the Pistons’ main weapons utilized to try and neutralize Jordan, and we can say that it worked.
I once heard Dennis say that basketball fans, and even players, save for those who’d had the experience firsthand, would never understand the amount of pressure that was lifted off your shoulders when Michael Jordan was on your team. All anyone who was on Mike’s team had to do was their job — no more or less — then let #23 take over down the stretch and bring it home. Posterity knows that for the most part, this strategy worked.
Every Bulls player knew he would never be asked to stretch himself beyond his capabilities, and that that would usually be good enough to win, as long as #23 was around.
Michael Jordan lived out his entire career with the I got this mindset. And all of his teammates, who could stay in their comfort zones and were never asked to try to do much more, participated in the benefits of it.
Everyone else can just focus on doing their jobs.
In high school, there was a guy a year ahead of me named David who was a really talented sprinter. David broke all kinds of records during his last two years of high school, and ended up going to a major D1 school (I don’t remember which one) on a track scholarship.
My school had a relay team in the finals of the Penn Relays my junior year; I think it was the 200 meters. Our first three sprinters weren’t so fast; by the time David was handed the baton for the anchor leg, we were behind by a healthy margin. The 200, being run by sprinters, takes about 20 seconds. David took the stick and hunted down the whole pack and won it for my school rather easily. He didn’t even celebrate; David expected to do what he’d done. I didn’t know David and never spoke to him, but I always remember his performance in that relay.
Remember the the 2008 Olympics? Michael Phelps was aiming for a record for gold medals won by one person in one games. The 4×100 final was one race in which Phelps and Team USA was not favored to win.
Phelps didn’t even swim the anchor leg; a guy name Jason Lezak did. Lezak broke a world record in out-swimming the then-world record holder from the French team to win the gold for the USA by a split second (I suggest you watch the race, even if you saw it when it happened). Heading into the race, the NBC announcer declared that the only way USA could beat the favored French was for each of the USA four to swim the best they’d ever swam. To even be in position to win Olympic gold, you’ve had to do nothing less. No one gets carried to a gold medal.
When one person had the mindset, everyone else can just do what they do. When everyone has it, history is made.
It’s a Call To Action for you to figure sh*t out
In the 1993 NBA Western Conference Finals, the Seattle SuperSonics won Game 6 to force a deciding Game 7 against the Phoenix Suns. In the post game press conference, Phoenix’s star player came to the podium and guaranteed that Phoenix would win Game 7. This star player also declared that he wasn’t going to answer any questions from the assembled media. Then, he reiterated his Game 7 guarantee. Then he left the podium.
That star’s name was Charles Barkley.
Charles went on to score 44 points and grab 24 rebounds in Game 7.
If you’ve ever played or watched basketball, you know that the game is fluid: You can’t know exactly how a game will play out. There are nine other people on the court whom you don’t control. But, as they say, mind over matter.
When you decide with your mind that it’s you who will be determining the outcome, that’s a directive to your body to make it happen. Combine that decision with a healthy amount of game, and you get what Charles got in Game 7 (they won — then lost to #23 and the Chicago Bulls in the Finals).
The mindset behind I got this is not about being the most talented person in the room, nor is it about how many resources you have at your disposal. It’s about taking ownership of the situation. What you own, you’re responsible for. And what you’re responsible for, you have power over. When you have power, you can make things happen.
Learn more about applying this in Bulletproof Mindset.