What we say matters, and it all begins with what we say to ourselves - starting with our thoughts.
How many of us yearn to be truly happy in life? I would guess pretty much all of us! It's a noble and aspirational pursuit. But are we chasing happiness? Do we feel as though we are going after a moving target? For instance, do you hear yourself saying any of these things: 'once I get this, or once I have that, or once I achieve this goal I will be happy'? Again, we should all be able to have our moments of happiness, but I want to challenge the notion of whether or not it is worth chasing...
So the belief existed as fact - a sub-4-minute mile was simply impossible. And then... it wasn't.
In our personal and professional lives, our 40 yard dash may be the most meticulously planned approach to achieving a goal, dream or vision. But what happens after first contact? What happens to our momentum and drive after the first obstacle or setback?
We believe in our future selves too much sometimes, and it creates a recipe for disaster and disappointment. Don't let the hope and dream of our ideal future self justify giving less than our best today.
What if I told you that the symptoms of too much stress are the same as too little stress...
No matter what you do, where you are, or what your profession may be, are you taking the time to put your armor on?
Throughout our lives we are all going to be knocked down. It will always be easier to stay on the sideline. It takes courage, resilience, strong desire and an internal fire to step over that line and return to the field. Getting knocked down is part of life - it's part of the game - and when we get knocked down there is only one voice in our head that we should listen to. It's the one that's telling us to "Get Back in the Game!"
How many of us have risen out of someone's shadow in our lives or careers? A parent, boss, mentor, teacher, or coach... They prepared us to step out of their shadow and take the lead in our own life. Take a moment a think of who those people are in your life... Now, ask yourself "who is standing in MY shadow right now?"
In a world so focused on what other people have, or on what other people expect us to do, what if we instead focus on who we are while making sure the person we see in the mirror is someone we are proud to be?