Unfortunately, many of us limit ourselves by being too smart. Our academic preparation has given us tools to figure out answers to questions. This helps us in school and even in life, but often debilitates us in activities like sports. We try to think our way to success. Our brains then get in the way. Sports are not a chemical formula where you add a mixture of chemicals together to create a specific product. Sports are not a simple math equation where 1 + 1 = 2. Sports are not linked to astronomy where, when every planet is aligned, only then will peak performance occur. Sports include more than one variable or even two. There are a lot of variables in sports. Effort. Motivation. Heart. Mental toughness. And yes, talent. However, Talent x Effort does not always equal success if the equation also includes other variables such as confidence, belief, competitiveness, joy, patience and any of these variables equal Zero (as we know, anything multiplied by zero equals zero). As an athlete, we need to increase the value of every variable but also insure that there are no Zero value variables that negate all of our time and talents. Lack of confidence and believe are the most often variables that turn a 10 to a 0. Furthermore, if we can take a variable and increase it dramatically above all others (such as confidence), we can turn a small number into a huge number. Self-Confidence at a 20 can take value 1 talent to 20. And that is why Self-confidence is the X-Factor for many as they pursue success.