Millions watched Michael Phelps win another gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London in his race to be named the greatest athlete of all time. In each interview with the media, you could hear the unasked question-What Else is Possible Michael? Bob Costas, a veteran Olympic news presence, asked the question right after his historic last race, the 4×100 relay where Phelps won his 18th gold medal.
Michael Phelps said, “There are other things I can do. I think I will be able to sort of shift that competitiveness into any thing I put my mind to.”
It may be time for you to ask yourself-What else is possible in your life. Have you reached a goal, gotten to a pinnacle, or no longer feel stimulated in your routine? Then, stretch yourself. What other things can you do? Think about it. Push!
“Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push.”
~ Joann Thomas
Push upward, push yourself harder. Do more, discover latent talents, drive your passion. Make the self-sacrifice so that you stretch your boundaries. Become a new champion. Don’t bend to habit and comfort-eliminate your limits and disturb your comfort.
Go for it-NOW.
Take these tips to stretch yourself:
Dream. Think real hard about what else is possible. There are not limits, think this is what I’d do if there were no obstacles, there was enough money, and you had no fear. What dream would you fulfill? James Allen, famous author of As A Man Thinketh, believed “that all that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is a direct result of his own thoughts.” Therefore, dream with positive purpose.
Make a short list. Write one, two, or three stretch goals. Now remember a goal is a dream with a deadline. Get out some paper or use your Ipad to write your goals that have a deadline. Brian Tracy asserts that you must write your goals down. The purpose is two-fold; first writing a goals signals to your brain and the universe that you desire something different and second, it creates a visual record of your passionate desire that has a deadline.
Take action. No action, no result. Sure you can dream and yes you can write your dream(s) down, but without the commitment which is shown by your actions, nothing happens. Claude Bristol, in The Magic of Believing, emphasizes this over and over. Women and men achievers, like Michael Phelps, take action. Phelps completed 51 Olympic swims and swam nearly 10,000 meters and 198 lengths of the pool in Olympic races. What can you do?
Make a record. Record your achievements. The value of this is that it reminds you of what you have accomplished and allows you to see, feel and believe what you have yet to do. Records guide achievement.
Okay, 2012 calendar year is three days away. The best, most definite thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. You know that, but do you know the best way to face forward for 2012?
Let me give you three proven best tips for facing forward to the future: anytime!
Know your power to create exactly or more than what you presently have. Samuel Johnson says, “The future is purchased at the price of vision in the present.” Embrace your present and inculcate the life staff of gratitude and you harness the power to create a new future facing forward. A subset of this power pivot is to have a clear understanding of what you must do, create concrete plans of how you can achieve that, and actually doing what you purposed in a defined time period. In other words: SEE, KNOW, DO by a certain time.
Here is one creative way to SEE your power-design a dream board full of color and pictures of what you know you want to achieve. Oprah Winfrey advocates this, along with writing a journal, and a fast track to manifesting what you want.
A suggestion to KNOW your power to create your future is to write a goal list full of incremental, definite steps that move you forward toward the new direction of goal. You may need weekly goal prompts in the beginning and if so start your goal list of weekly tasks that you must accomplish. Others may only need monthly prompts. Whatever scale you need, break down the year 2012 into those segments and commit to review each week or month your goal list of defined steps.
Last, seeing and writing mean little with DOING.
Pace expectancy. “Live deep instead of fast” are the words of Henry Seidel Canby which should be etched in stone. I watched the biography of Harlem Globetrotter Medowlark Lemon on the Biography channel last night. One thing he said stuck with me, which paraphrased, is that he knew deep within that he would play basketball at a very young age and practiced for about twelve years toward that goal. He actually never stopped practicing, according to his roommate, even after becoming the “showman” for the Globetrotters. Mr. Lemon paced his expectancy and powered the attainments in his future.
Trust Tranquility. Trust in the restful tranquility of your being and ability to fulfill the goals of your future. This means that you own the power to know that what you will will be done. No force, no selfishness, no cheating, no competition, no fear, no backward recidivist glances. Then you can get about the business of active service assured in your belief that your future is achievable and forward facing.