This weekend, more than 50,000 people will be taking part in the London Marathon. It’s one of the most iconic races in the world and participants’ motivations range from gaining sponsorship for charity to setting a personal record and meeting a goal. Whatever the reason, it requires great determination to complete the 26.2 mile route. It got me thinking about personal goals and a gold medal mind-set.
Whether you are running in the marathon or not, I bet you set goals on a daily basis, from writing a to-do list that you want to tick off by the end of the day to defining business goals. Thinking back to January, perhaps you even made New Year’s resolutions. But do you think setting goals actually works?
People attain goals all the time so goal setting clearly can work but there is a lot to be said for the mind-set that it takes to gain a result.
I feel the word “goal” is loaded. Bring to mind a game of football – it’s hit and miss. The team might be trying really hard and following a fantastic strategy yet they don’t manage to score a goal. The word goal carries baggage and not all of it is positive. Perhaps if we call goals ‘outcomes’ or ‘a result’, it could make a difference to our outlook.
Buddha said, “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” With this in mind its clear that perspective and attitude are key, however, getting into the “right” frame of mind to accomplish our dreams can be the hard part.
Your beliefs about others, the world and yourself will affect your mind-set, but the problem is most of us aren’t conscious of what our beliefs are, they’re buried in our subconscious, where they’ve been sitting ever since we were children.
I had a client who was such a perfectionist that it was negatively impacting her work. This perfectionism was rooted in a belief she’d had since she was 6-years-old that she would only be loved if she did well at school. Ever since then, everything revolved around school, university and then her career. At the age of 40 she was beginning to realise there was a lot more to life than qualifications and being the perfect student or the best managing director.
These limiting beliefs can get in the way of your dreams and your deepest desires.
And here’s why – your beliefs and the pictures you hold in your head will be what you manifest because this is where your focus really lies. Focus creates reality. Unfortunately it’s easier to join the dots after a particular event to find out where your focus really was!
I believe that if your heart is focused on your goal, then the chances of succeeding are so much greater. If it’s something you love, something that you want to create – just for the love of it – then YES you will achieve your dream and positive outcome!
It’s the same as an artist wanting to paint, just to express himself, just to make his creation visible in the world, regardless of what anyone else thinks.
This quote by Jesse Owens, American Sprinter and Long Jumper (four gold medals 1936), explains perfectly; “The only victory that counts is the one over yourself.”
Never underestimate the power of your dreams and the resilience of your spirit to succeed.
If you’re feeling stuck or not achieving your goals, call me and let’s see what might be blocking you.