Last week we spoke about Goals, their importance and some of you shared your personal goals. Goals are where we want to go…..and, unless you know where you want to go, any road will take you there.
It is important to share your goals with others.
For one thing, they might help you get there, either with an idea or a referral.
Also, it represents a commitment. A commitment to ourselves and the people we have “outed” our dreams to.
Remember we also have to create confidence within ourselves to accomplish these goals.
I say, “create” because confident thoughts are not the only voices in our heads.
Negative thoughts also creep into our minds and undermine our ability to achieve our goals.
Arnold Palmer, the great golfer, has a plaque on his wall that says in masculine verbiage:
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost certain that you won’t
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
Harvey Mackay tells us that Serena Williams also uses her mental strength to succeed.
During her games she uses the time between points to refocus her game with power thoughts like:
“My good thoughts are powerful”, “Only my negative thoughts are weak”, “Hang onto the thought of what you want”.
“You are #1, You are the best, You will win”………and she usually does.
Mental toughness is like a muscle. You must exercise it to perform properly.
Key characteristics of elite athletes are:
Self Belief, having that unshakable belief in one’s abilities.
Motivation, having an unshakable desire.
Focus, staying in tune with the task at hand.
Composure, the ability to regain psychological control or yourself.
These tools will help you achieve what you want…..so you too can yell “GOOOOOOAAAL”