It has been said that we all live in the same wind and it is how we deploy our sails that separates successful people who reach PINNACLE PERFORMANCE from everyone else. What this means from a sport psychology perspective is that everyone is faced with the same external environment and it's how you manage and use the tools you have been given (Control the Controllables again!) to get the most out of the wind and the environment to be successful. This links to 2 of my favourite quotes. The first is by William Shedd who said:

'A ship is safe in harbour, but that's not what ships are for.'

If we are all in the same wind, then its quite safe to stay in the harbour and not push yourself and face this wind. This is all well and good if you want an easy existence but to be successful you have to leave the safety of the harbour and push yourself to seek out and find new experiences to push and extend your comfort zone. Doing this will ensure you identify your strengths and weaknesses and provide strategies for what you need to do and work on to be successful. The further away from the harbour you get the more you learn about your ship. The more you learn the more knowledge you have and with this knowledge you will be able to use this in your journey. The second of my favourite quotes is from the the final 2 lines of the Invictus poem:

'I am the master of my fate; I am the Captain of my soul'

So we are the captains so we chose the course, speed and direction of our journey. As captain you can stay in the harbour and be safe or you can leave the harbour and push on to test yourself in open waters, gaining experience which leads to knowledge that you can use further in your journey to reach PINNACLE PERFORMANCE. As captain you chose...but the the captains that are most succesful are the ones who leave the harbour.