Ryan McChesney Tampa, Florida, United States
“If you don't believe in yourself, why is anyone else going to believe in you?” That quote was from one of my favorite players in all of sports, Tom Brady. Here is a player that was taken in the sixth round (199th overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft. All these teams passed on him because they believed that he wasn't good enough, that he doesn't have the arm strength or accuracy, he was too slow, etc. Out of all those scouting reports and negative comments said about him, Brady just went about believing in himself and that he just needed one opportunity.
After the New England Patriots selected him in the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady went up to the owner of the franchise, and told him, “I'm the best decision this organization has ever made.”
Now some may call that being arrogant, but I call it faith. See Brady knew what he could bring to a team, and how talented he was. But he just needed a shot to prove it. And that opportunity didn't come until the second year of his career when one of the best quarterbacks in the game at the time, Drew Bledsoe, got hurt. Now, it was Brady’s time to prove his bold statement. Not only did he lead his team to victory against the Indianapolis Colts, but he later took over the starting job, even when Drew Bledsoe came back healthy.
Later that year, Brady took his team to the Super Bowl to face the “Greatest show on Turf” St. Louis Rams. The Patriots were big time underdogs in this game. But late in the 4th quarter and the game tied, Brady led his team down the field to setup for the game winning field goal. Now, one of Brady’s teammates later said that Brady showed calmness and confidence in that game winning drive. You might be asking how could he do that in the game's biggest stage. And that was because he had faith in himself and his talents.
Just as any great and successful leader in history, it takes faith in yourself that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. It's one thing to vision yourself achieving your goal. But it's another thing to vision yourself and have FAITH that you will achieve it. Once you believe in yourself and know where you're going, will you gain that feeling that nothing will stop you from achieving your goal.