Unfortunately, some of us are too smart for our own good and that "smartness" becomes a limitation. Our academic preparation has given us the tools required to figure out the answer to many of life's questions, while also helping us in school. However, our intellect often debilitates or hinders us in certain activities, such as sports. In athletics, when we attempt to think our way to success, our brains actually 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 and often times, many more than two. There are a lot of variables in sports. Effort. Motivation. Heart. Mental toughness. And yes, talent. Therefore, Talent x Effort does not always equal success. We know that anything multiplied by "zero" will equal "zero". So if the equation includes other variables, such as confidence, belief, competitiveness, joy, and patience, and if any of these variables equal Zero, then we get nothing. 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 belief are the most often variables that turn a 10 to a 0. Talent (10) x Effort (10) x Confidence (0) = zero. Nothing. However, 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. With some self-confidence in the equation, Talent (10) x Effort (10) x Self-confidence (1) = 100. but with Talent (10) x Effort (10) x Self-Confidence (20) equals 2000. Self-Confidence at a 20 can take value 100 result to a 2000. And that is why self-confidence is the X-Factor for many athletes as they pursue success.