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Overcoming Obstacles

“It’s not the mountains that we conquer but ourselves.”

Sir Edmund Hillary

Hi there motivation seekers, how’s your week been?  I hope it was good and if not, I hope there were things that you can take from it.  Did you focus on celebrating your successes, as suggested last week?  I did and it made a big difference, it made me feel lighter and less stressed.

The quote this week is one of my favourites, but until I discovered it again today, I had forgotten all about it.  That’s one of the reasons that we need to keep hearing motivational messages, the more we hear, the more they stick and then make a difference.

It is of course true, we can’t get up the mountain unless we believe we can get up the mountain.  We can train for it, get all the right equipment, do the planning, set the goals, but at the end of the day, we have to dig deep to achieve it.  That is so similar to how it is in business and in life.  Even if we know what we want to achieve (not always), we can’t get there without the positive mindset, the persistence and perseverence and the unshakable self belief.

What if we don’t have those attributes, are we a lost cause?  No, as always I have some ideas and tips to help you acquire the mindset of a champion achiever in business and in life.  Here are 5 quick tips to help you:

  1. Vision Work on creating a crystal, clear vision of where you want to be, do, have.  Then visualise it constantly.  The most successful athletes use this technique, they don’t just practise, they also visualise themselves playing to their peak, going through in their heads in fine detail the picture of them scoring that goal, running faster than ever, scoring the try.  There have been studies done which show that the athletes who practise and visualise, have the edge on the ones who just practise.  So it’s worth trying this.  If you find it hard to do, maybe create a vision board that you can see each day, that helps imprint the success in your brain.  The brain believes, then the rest will follow.
  2.  Learn and practise The theory is that becoming an expert at anything takes at least 10,000 hours.  That sounds like a whole lot, but at 40hrs a week, that is 5 years, not an insurmountable time.  I read that apparently, this was one of the reasons that the Beatles were such an awesome band.  Before they made it big, they played in clubs in Germany, playing night after night, for several hours at a time, putting in their 10,000 hours to become the success that they were.
  3. Surround yourself with positive people Another way of saying this is stay away from the naysayers, the dream snatchers, they will only drag you down and keep you from achieving your dreams.  These are the people who will tell you it’s not possible, best to hang out with the ones who think anything’s possible.
  4. Identify the things that stop you Are you self sabotaging?  Do you hold yourself back from being the awesome person you were meant to be?  We all do this, it isn’t unique to any one person.  The trick though is to recognise when you are doing it, identify where it has come from and then take action on it.  You can overcome self sabotage by affirming and acknowledging yourself and your gifts.  Being kind to you will always work better than beating yourself up for not being as perfect as you think you should be.
  5. Accept that it may not be easy Climbing that mountain is a hard thing to do.  We need to recognise that, and accept that the journey may be tough, but we are willing to put in the effort to achieve our dream.  That’s where having a strong purpose helps.  If your purpose is really important to you, it will be easier to stay on track to achieve it.

So those are 5 tips to help you overcome the obstacles, stay strong on the journey and achieve your dreams. Feel free to get in touch to let me know how you get on or to request a topic for a future Motivator.  Click here to email me.  My wish is that these Motivators make a difference to you, your life and your business and help you get through the week.  Have a brilliant week.