The David & Goliath stories so prevalent in sports seem to stem from this one key belief. Remember the 1980 U.S. hockey team and their gold medal victory over Russia? This was a team that was superior at every position. Their coach, Herb Brooks, knew this. The players knew this. In his pre-game speech, he told them, "If we played them 10 times, they might win 9." An interesting way to get their attention. But he went on: "But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them and we shut them down because we can. Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world."
"Great moments are born from great opportunity," he said, "and that's what we have here tonight, boys. That's what you've earned." He was right. They had worked their tails off to be ready for their moment and they seized their opportunity.
Is your attitude one of belief in yourself, against all odds? It was for those boys, and it made all the difference.