My mind was blown over the weekend when I watched Simone Biles break another record in gymnastics. I admire most about her because she doesn’t limit herself and pushes for the impossible to become a reality. While most people may never achieve the tumbling passes that she routinely surpasses, her message comes through loud and clear. She doesn’t set limits on herself and encourages others to go for their dreams. While I don’t recommend trying the same skills, they are in her repertoire; I admire her tenacity to push herself for greatness.
What can the rest of us learn from the lessons that Simone and other athletes and mentors teach us? For starters, everything begins with dreams. If you don’t dream of what you want, you can’t envision something more extreme and intense. Every successful business that I’ve ever encountered has stories of how their founders started with a dream and built on that dream to make a strong foundation so that they could build a legacy. They worked hard with sheer determination, grit, and passion. When it came to finances, they struggle to find the money to invest in their dreams, but they believed in what they were doing so much that they found a way to turn those dreams into realities.
Nick Vujicic is another favorite speaker of mine for a couple of reasons. This man lives without limbs and has a very fruitful and powerful life. He inspires others to live life to the fullest no matter what cards folks hold in their possession.
When I hear the words, “I can’t do this.” The first thing that pops into my mind is, “I won’t do this.” I never recognized the differences until later in my life. If we don’t condition our minds for positive thinking, we are setting ourselves up to either drift along or contend with not achieving the goals we crave. How can we prepare ourselves to get past limitations when we consistently hear what’s not possible? I did some research online and found some helpful suggestions. I hope they help you as they have me over the last year.
- Get control of yourself. You cannot lead someone to a place you have never been. Listen, you can talk a good game all day long, but if you aren’t willing to do the things you help others with, no one will listen to your lead. A prime example is what I’m doing with school. I decided to go back for more certifications in data analytics. The reason is I want to do more with my life, and I don’t like being complacent. I’m learning about things I love, and it’s making a difference in my life and mind. You have to do something for yourself by starting to gain control of your mindset. Once you do that, you have a starting point.
- Your change starts with what you put in your mind. Fill your mind and thoughts with can-do positivity. Negativity has no place for accomplishing a goal. If people remain negative all the time, they begin to sound like Eeyore. No offense to Eeyore, but we can all do things in our lives that we never thought or dreamed possible. Believing in ourselves is the first step to overcoming obstacles.
- Inner change brings outer results. We change inside by using our hearts and souls to move the obstacles out of our way. Once you start pushing those obstacles away, you begin seeing other barriers that need conquering, and you build from there. The best part? Once you get around blocks and obstacles that you thought you’d never conquer, the world changes for the better. You begin to recognize your worth and what you can achieve if you allow yourself.
- Outer results fuel a more significant influence. It took me a while to comprehend what this meant. Listening to positive speakers, podcasts, and other resources has helped me regain focus. I see areas that I want to continue growing, and I’m not allowing failure to keep me from going forward. If I fail, I keep going until I pass the obstacles. Once I’ve done that and understand why I failed, I can learn from my mistakes, so I don’t repeat them. This action allows me to take the next step. Everything we do in life builds to something greater. The key is finding our passions, expanding on our knowledge, and acting to make those dreams a reality.
Never limit yourself from growing into the best version of yourself possible. You might not be an athlete, but you are unique and special. Dreams are how we thrive. They can be the root of the heartbeat of a new idea or project. Don’t let failures discourage you from going forward. No matter what life throws at us, we all find curves. How we handle those curves helps us shift gears into exciting ventures and opportunities. Have a great weekend, everyone!