It is very easy to get side tracked from our ambitions and dreams, the day-to-day distractions, procrastination, negative self-talk, all these things can stop us from taking the next step and sometimes our ambitions can just feel unachievable.
I have just watched the Eddie the Eagle movie and was inspired. At the time of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, I didn’t really appreciate the achievements of Eddie Edwards. He was treated as something of a buffoon, with his oversized glasses, lantern jaw and the fact that he came last by quite some distance. I didn’t understand what it had taken for him to be there, what he had sacrificed as well as the steely determination to keep going when people kept telling him to give up. I didn’t understand that his dream was the taking part rather than the winning and by just being selected as a competitor for the Olympics he had already won. As Pierre de Coubertin the founder of the modern Olympics said ‘The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.’ Edwards was the first British ski jumper at the Olympics so he broke boundaries. So what three things could you learn from Eddie the Eagle to keep you focussed on your dreams?
As Edwards himself said “The failures are the people who never get off their bums. Anyone who has a go is a success.” Every day do something that is going to take you forward. It doesn’t need to be something big, it could be something that takes five minutes, but anything other than nothing is something, and soon those little actions will add up to something substantial.
There are times in life when we fail, but the important thing is to learn from failure and keep going. There is a saying that there is no failure only feedback. So in every situation where you have a setback look at what behaviour or strategy you can change that will keep you on the right path to success.
Change your mindset
Use positive self-talk to change the way you think about what you need to achieve. If you are procrastinating about doing something that will help move you forward then tell yourself it is something that you love doing, that you can’t wait to get started, that it is something you really enjoy. Equally, if you feel you are not up to the task or are not good enough, then tell yourself that you are amazing and super talented. You will be surprised how effective this simple technique is.
Here is a talk by Marisa Peer who I trained with, giving more information about how this works.
If you would like help keeping on the right path, I am a certified Project You Coach. I will help you identify the limiting beliefs that are holding you back and teach you strategies to keep you focussed. If you would like to know more contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a consultation.