I remember the first time I went rock climbing. I was standing at the bottom of a cliff that seemed to tower hundreds of feet over me (in all actuality it was only about 40 feet). I remember thinking to myself that there was absolutely no way I was going to climb up this vertical piece of rock with nothing more than a thin rope hooked up to my waist. On top of that, all the guides had given me were some tiny, rubbery shoes that felt two sizes too small and a bag of ground-up chalk. As I was contemplating the craziness of the situation, another person from our group, one with much more experience than I, raced up the face of the cliff, high-fived the guy at the top, then rappelled back down to where I was standing with my mouth wide open. No way had he just done that! That’s when the competitive juices started flowing, and I thought to myself if he can do it, so can I! And I did. I wasn’t as graceful or as quick, but I told myself I could do it, and I did it.
The mind is a funny thing. I don’t think anyone will ever understand it. But one thing that has been proven over and over again is this: What you think, you are. A very simple phrase with extremely profound meaning, don’t you think? As a coach, there are many personal examples I have of players saying to me, “Coach, I just can’t…” and fill in the blank with something about hitting a baseball, throwing properly, swinging a golf club, and so on. I tell them all that as long as they say they can’t, they won’t. Then I show them how to do it again, teach them about believing in themselves, and they get it. Bam! It’s like a light bulb went off over their head and all that practice we put in pays off. They can now swing the bat just like I knew they could!
Now, this isn’t to say that if you tell yourself you can grow wings and fly that it will happen. Much like everything else in life, your goals have to be reasonable. But there is no reason why you should not shoot for the stars, set big goals, and tell yourself every day that you are going to get there. The next, most important step is to get up off the couch and start doing something to make it happen. Many people set goals and say they are going to accomplish great things; few actually get up and do something about it. Be one of the few. Make great things happen!
The story of Thomas Edison and the light bulb is one that has been passed along countless times, but I will tell it again in case you have not heard it, or even if you have, to reaffirm how important it is to say, “I CAN!”
The story goes that Thomas Edison failed more than 1,000 times when trying to create the light bulb. When asked about it, Edison said, “I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.”
Now if that is not a tribute to the power of positive thinking, I don’t know what is. Can you imagine if Thomas Edison had given up after a few tries, or even a few hundred? Instead, he had a goal, told himself he would accomplish it, and then he did it.
Take some time this week to go back over your goals. Are you accomplishing any of them? If not, why not? Set aside some time each week to look at your goals, make sure they stay in the front of your mind, and keep telling yourself you can do it. If you choose to accomplish your goals, you will. If you stand in front of a mountain and say, “I can’t climb that.” Them I promise you that you never will. But if you tell yourself that you can, you will reach heights you never imagined possible. It really is that simple. Remember, what you think, you are.
Until next week,
Today’s Fun Fact: If you fly from London to New York on the Concord jet, you can arrive 2 hours before you left. And who said time travel wasn’t possible??