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Shooting Myself in the Foot
For years I pondered what might be possible for me if only I could get out of my own way. And in my way, I got. Still do. Sometimes. Do you ever consider the same thing? It’s the one question I’ve asked myself since I was a fat teenager who became a fit teenager in a short period of time. As some of you know, an unpleasant social and emotional experience led to a massive shift in my thinking, choices and behaviours which led to a leaner, lighter me. And despite the obvious benefits of a living in a trimmer, healthier body, for me, the real benefit lay in my internal transformation; the mental and emotional stuff. That is, the remodeling of my beliefs, expectations, standards and attitude.
Even as a kid, I soon came to understand that my weight-loss was not the result of me magically having any more potential (than I did pre weight-loss) but rather, my willingness to find a way to tap into something that was already there. To use the unused. To exploit the unexploited. For a range of reasons (most of them relating to fear), many of us no-so-mere mortals seem to be exceptionally talented at wasting our… er, talent.
And then we’re fifty.
Having worked with thousands of people all with essentially the same goal (to create positive change in their lives), I realised early in my career that potential and possibilities were generally not the barriers which stopped people from succeeding. I also came to understand that my effectiveness as a coach (in helping clients and athletes create lasting change) would have less to do with education and information (ironically) than it would with my ability to empower people to courageously explore and exploit their enormous potential in a practical manner, day in and day out. And when I say ‘enormous potential’ I am not being disingenuous. I sincerely believe that we all have more power and potential than we understand but fear (which often masquerades as logic) is a heartless bitch who delights in your misery and if you don’t control her, she will chew you up and take a dump on your fearful head.
And nobody wants that.
Today, I’m not interested pumping you up, slapping your back, holding your hand or hyping you into some kind of temporary emotional state. I’m not interested in telling you that you deserve success because you don’t (you create it). And I’m really not interested in creating some kind pseudo feel-good, warm, fluffy, self-help moment with you here but I am interested in challenging your thinking, choices, behaviours and results. And that’s why you come here, isn’t it?
From this moment right now sitting there in your chair (take note of the time on your computer), you can choose to be different. Now. Not later, now. Not next week, today. Not when you’ve thought about it some more, now. Not when it’s convenient, now. And not because you’ve somehow arrived at the mystical ‘right time’ or you’ve had some kind of spiritual revelation or emotional breakdown but just because you’re sick of giving in to fear and wasting your time and talent. It’s that complicated and that simple. You have power, potential and possibilities on tap.
Turn the tap on.