This Is One of The Best Pieces of Advice I've Ever Gotten.
One day when I was 18 yo, I was shooting a basketball around in the gym. For the sake of context I'll tell you this- I thought I was hot shit.
A chubby 30 year old dude came up and introduced himself, then asked if I wanted to play 1-1.
Sure, I've got time to wash this old man.
So we started playing. Shit... he's fast for a portly fellow.
Oh damn.... he can shoot too.
Long story short, he ripped me apart.
He was just plain smarter at basketball than I was and took advantage of that.
For a short period of time after that he took me under his wing and mentored me with anything to do with basketball.
Once he told me, "you make all the right decisions. But you second guess yourself. I can see you hesitating. Everything you do, do it with conviction."
Most people wouldn't even be able to see it, but he was right. I was hesitating.
From then on, when I made a decision, I removed it from the negotiating table and executed it with conviction.
If I decided to drive to the basket, I did it with conviction. If I pulled up to shoot... conviction.
This advice served me well while I was playing basketball.
It's been over a decade now since I've touched a ball. But that advice has served me just as well since then.
Everything I do, I remember to do with conviction thanks to that piece of advice.