July 4, 2014 in Uncategorized
Everyone stumbles and falls at some point in time – even the best athletes and famous stars.
When you fall you don’t give up walking because you failed, an athlete won’t give up their sport and a famous star (think Naomi Campbell in the giant platforms) won’t throw in the towel, despite all the publicity, jibes and comments.
So why is it that you so often find yourself giving up on something that you want when you encounter a hurdle or take a stumble on the way?
One word: COMMITMENT.
You don’t suppose the athlete got to gold standard by wishing for something or by pure chance by being an excellent sprinter from birth, do you? That star was picked from all the babies born because the agent knew from that moment that they would be brilliant?
Of course not!
It took a lot of commitment to follow their dreams. To overcome the barriers, stumbles, falls and comments to get to where they really wanted to be. Not only that, when they came off track they reassessed and learnt from the experience to inform them on how they can change things the next time.
What will help you to get that commitment that means that you can brush yourself off after a fall and take the next steps in your journey?
Firstly, you need to know what success looks, feels, smells and even sounds like to you. What is your dream and how does it feel to be there? Imagine that you are already there and you have overcome all the falls, set-back and hurdles that you encountered and successfully defeated. Where are you? What did you learn?
By getting a clear idea of the end goal, you have something that you can commit to. You know how it feels to be there and how great it feels to have overcome everything that was thrown at you to try to stop you achieving it. You are now fully committed to get there – to prove to everyone (including yourself) that you have the power to make change and to get there no matter what. Only you know the meaning of succeeding in reaching your goal, so only you know when you have achieved it!
Remember that if you don’t succeed one way, you can always try another approach that might work. And again, if that doesn’t work try something else. Perseverance is a key to getting to where you want to be. Think of a long journey where you have ended up in a huge tailback on the motorway. If you had given up at that time you would have both lost your car and not been able to get to your destination to enjoy a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. The same goes for your goals and dreams. Don’t give up, even if it does take a bit longer than you had anticipated.
The most important thing is to enjoy the journey and to learn along the way. There is always something to learn from a stumble, like not to drag your feet or to pay more attention to where you are going which relate directly to the mental and physical changes that you will encounter. Be aware of where you are going and where you have been, learning is an ongoing process and without error, you will never learn.
Keeping optimistic will also keep you in the flow and help you to look at falls in a positive light. Seeing things from a different perspective (i.e. the floor) can bring exciting new ideas and directions into your world!