I felt inspired by this year´s Wimbledon 2012 and as always by the magnificent power of the mind and body that professional athletes demonstrate so seamlessly at times. In particular what I like about tennis players is within each match, regardless of who wins or loses, both players make faults/mistakes/failures in a public arena. Yet both players still try to keep going, believing this next point will be theirs no matter what the scoreboard looks like. Whilst in the midst of a game, at least, they seem to perceive each new moment as an infinite of possibilities that they can shape in order to try and win the game. When a shot doesn´t work out, they learn in that instant a lesson, quickly moving on to focus back on the present where more infinite possibilities exist.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau
How many of us give up so easily after only minor setbacks/failures/remarks? Do you stop adding your ideas into the mix during meetings after one idea is ignored/mocked at? Do you give up and deem yourself stupid after a bad exam mark? Do you believe you are unlovable after a divorce or relationship break-up? Do you already have a negative mindset before even attempting to create a new habit or make a change in your life?
All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.
*Nothing is fixed, we are all malleable and there is no limit to our potential*. The vital ingredient is that you must *believe in yourself* and *believe in infinite possibilities* no matter what your current circumstances may look like or no matter what has already happened in the past.
All appears to change when we change.
— Henri Amiel
Did you know that research has shown that people who keep trying to lose weight and keep trying to quit smoking are the ones that in the end will most likely achieve their goals? It shows that persistence and perseverance pays off and to remain persistent you need to believe in yourself.
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
What do all the creative geniuses like Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison have in common? They all hated school as they felt it limited their thinking and their teachers deemed them failures that wouldn´t amount to anything in life.
My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
*Nothing is fixed*. If you listen to negative attitudes whether these are your own or from other people you will only limit what you can achieve and become. Successful, happy people embrace their failures and re-interpret their failures as a positive outcome that they can learn and grow from. They use their weaknesses and failures as springboards and stepping stones to expand themselves further towards their dreams, passions, and goals. They learn from the past and then let it go; they live in the present, creating habits that help plant and nurture the seeds that will grow and harvest in the future, but which will always be enjoyed in the present.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote with great wisdom: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in: forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day: begin it well and serenely and with too high spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
In Part Two we will look at some inspiring concrete examples of how believing in yourself and perseverance really do pay off.
Remember I believe in you but to live your life, live your dreams you need to *believe in you* too!!!