How Making It Yours Can Help Achieve Peak Performance
Creating a connection to the task makes us motivated to complete it. However, it has to be a true connection. It cannot just be a feeling of the like "I like this" or "this might be good". It has to be a true, deep desire to achieve something, love what you do and do whatever you can to reach your goal.
Either in sports or work, the people who have the most success apply this principle.
The most direct impact "making it yours" can have is on the tasks you hate to do. If you already like doing some tasks, injecting them with a new sense of motivation, passion for what you do might make you try more and spend more effort with them. However, the juice is in the tasks you don't do, or you don't like to do. Once you find a strategy to consistently have passion for those areas, find in them factors that motivate you is when your highest surges of performance quality will appear.
This is because we are consistently locked in routines. Whenever we start an activity, we start with the whole spectrum of availability in mind. We can use dozens of tactics, dozens of methods. However, as we get started on one, we start discarding the others.
And soon, even though we might reach a medium level of success, we stay locked in our preferences, our usual system. In order to achieve our full potential we need to break our mold, we need to return to the starting point and try a new way.
Gaining passion and motivation for what you hate is a perfect example of this. Mainly because it forces you to readapt your vision. You have more responsibility. You are upping your ante. You are coordinating more variables.
However, this has an equally good side. If you are handling more factors, if you don't have just a passion for one thing but you actually develop a sense of passion in multiple areas or multiple tasks of the same area, you tend to understand the underlying concepts better.
This has to do with the fact that we have to try harder. If you only like what you like, you don't need to make any effort. However, if you are forced to like areas you dislike, your perception changes. You start to see motivation in where it didn't exist.
You start to identify concepts that are common among both areas instead of just concepts in one area. You start to find common patterns, you can integrate and relate them.
I would say there is no explicit strategy to be motivated to do something you don't like, because it has to be a natural change. It has to be something one feels within himself. For example, if I love sleeping but hate working on sales, I will be a lot more enriched if I start both loving sleeping and working on sales.
One easy step to liking areas you dislike is considering the change it has in your personal power. For example, in my personal case, if there is an area I dislike, I say to myself "I might dislike this area, but working on it will make me better personally. I'll be more coordinated, more powerful, I will handle challenges easier in the future", and other qualities.
It is a relatively good technique to consider the changes activities have in ourselves in terms of power as a factor to motivate ourselves, instead of just looking at the task itself.
Most of the time, you won't have the stimulation. You will have to create the stimulation.
One crucial factor in peak performance athletes, and also in work, is that people who succeed have determination. Almost like an obsession. It is happening, and it is happening now. Every other chance is cut off. Even when the stimulation is not present, they create it. It doesn't matter.
It just matters that you try your best and give your all. And it will happen.