Have you been watching the Olympics?? I haven’t got to watch much of the action from Rio De Janeiro yet, however, from what I have seen so far – there are some clear messages that have stood out. The dedication of every single one of those athletes is admirable and their ability to have a goal, pursue it, and now, see it through, is, without a doubt, ridiculously impressive. They didn’t wish for it, they worked damn hard for it! They knew what they wanted, they made a plan and have now achieved.
To achieve a big goal – you have to have a vision of not only what it might feel like to you, but also how it might look to you and even how it might taste and sound. The important part of the vision and the goals are that they are yours – no one’s else opinion of your goal matters, they can’t take your goals or dreams away from you – they are yours and yours only!
When did you last set a goal? Did someone question it? Did you question it? Did you prove them wrong? or did you give into their opinion? I read a quote the other day from Henry Ford – ‘If you believe you can or you can’t, you are right’ Whichever you believe of your goal, that’s what will happen – regardless of other’s opinions.
Lesson learnt – believe in your goal and have 100% clarity on what it will feel and look like to you (it doesn’t matter what it looks like to anyone else). It also doesn’t hurt to know what tastes and sounds might be there when you achieve your goal – remember you want clarity!!
Your goal might not be Olympic goal, but if you know its every detail – you can be so clear and purposeful about working towards it!!
I will just leave you with two simple tips for this goal setting business –
- Write it down – there is a good body of evidence that says goals that get written down are more likely to be achieved AND
- Tell someone about your goals – as above, not for their opinion, but just to keep you honest!
Now, go forth – create a vision and set yourself a goal, just as our Olympians have.
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