Beginning with childhood and throughout our lives, we are continually evaluated on our knowledge, skills and abilities. This occurs in school, at work, during a leisure activity or an independent pursuit that we are attempting to master. We can probably remember ourselves or our children involved in a sporting program. If it were baseball, do you recall the practices, drills and repetition? Think about the number of times you took batting practice, all the while being astounded that something the size of a baseball bat could actually miss a baseball all those times. Quick quiz: Which batter holds the major league record for strikeouts? Isn’t it interesting to consider that a first ballot Hall of Famer like Reggie Jackson would have had so many successes (home runs) in conjunction with so many failures (strikeouts)?
As it tends to be with most people, you probably found that your performance improved over time. Those running drills served you well, since most of the throws to first base seemed to land behind you instead of in front of you. Though you may not have realized it at the time, you had gotten faster…stronger…more coordinated!
As an adult, such changes are not so fluid or automatic. Improvement may not come so easily. Let’s examine those changes further.
Time to Take Stock
We’ve previously discussed “self-imposed limitations” and how early in life one can encounter “cantmakeithappenitis,” where a person decides clearly and concisely what they can’t or won’t be able to do for the remainder of their days on this planet. Are you a person willing to “close the book forever” after the failure of a project on which you have been working? If you cannot overcome a challenge after barely giving it “the old college try,” do you walk away to never think of it again? Assuming one possesses the minimal physical requirements, everything else points to that mass of energy that rests within a person’s head. Determining an inability to succeed at something, perhaps before it is even attempted, is a mental roadblock that will have to be removed. Where did this roadblock come from? Negative thoughts may manifest in one’s subconscious as a result of those around us or through experiences that fill our lives. How do we become more positive?
Turning the Corner
In order to fuel our power, we must have a better understanding of what is holding us back. We must determine the root cause for the negative vision. Is it the people we surround ourselves with who constantly see our success as unlikely? When you make suggestions or recommendations, are they quickly dismissed? Besides having the effect of reducing our motivation, a negative view presented from a friend or peer can cause us to doubt our personal value. We need to eliminate this negative “baggage” and find a few cheerleaders to support and encourage us.
Decide what exactly you want to achieve and design a plan to make it happen. Write it down. It becomes easier for us to visualize and implement our plan when we see it daily. Include all resources that will help you achieve your goals. Understand your true limits, but work to overcome these limits or work within them. Under no circumstances, should you allow your limits to determine your success or failure.
Perform a personal image makeover. Your view must be one of confidence and of a winner. Look in the mirror. Tell the image staring back that you are an achiever and your goals will be met. Open up your mind to the possibilities of complete success and empower yourself to that end. Be passionate, be courageous and be positive!
Although this sounds pretty simple, it takes time and effort. You have to virtually re-program the way your brain operates and free your mind. In a comparison between right and left brain thinking, the left side powers your logic, while the right side powers your creativity. The ability to envision disparate perspectives falls on the right side, so try to stimulate that aspect of your brain. You can do this with these helpful hints.
Growing up, I was told many times that I could be anything I wanted to be. As children, we believe it. When we grow older, we become less sure. Consider how strongly you felt about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
The good news is that through the power of visualization, positive thinking and the law of attraction, you can be anything you want to be. The better news is that you won’t need Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny to make your dreams come true!
With that, friends, I’ll leave you with this –
You’ve got to SEE positive to BE positive!
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