Now I realise that this may sound a little odd to some of you, but often, “trying harder” doesn’t always make things better or solve your problems. Sometimes you need to do something radically different to in order achieve your goals.When you find yourself stuck in one spot for too long you often need to break out of your comfort zone or pattern of behaviour in order to get to where you want to go.
This is the case with many things including work, relationships and also your physical fitness.
Whats really interesting (and encouraging) is that this does NOT always mean working harder.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting you don’t need to work hard to achieve your goals, in fact, if the goal/s set yourself are enough of a stretch then you will have to work hard for sure, you will also have to work smart too. I love the quote from Gary Player, the golfer renowned for being able to get himself out of trouble with consummate ease, when he overheard a guy in the crowd say, “he is so lucky” and Gary Player replied, “It’s funny, the more I practice the luckier I get.”
It’s just that sometimes working harder is not the right answer to being successful, sometimes we just need to work smarter.
Not everything can be fixed with a hammer, no matter how hard you swing, sometimes you need a different tool.
Over the past two decades I have worked with thousands of people both online and in person and along the way I have discovered little words/phrases that can pretty much predict a persons success or failure.
In fact, whenever I hear these words I can pretty much guarantee that the person saying them will not be successful.
These words are:
- I’ll try to get the work done.
- I’ll try to make healthy food choices.
- I’ll try to start exercise or exercise more often.
- I’ll try to get to bed earlier.
- I hope so.
- I hope I can do it.
- I hope I can achieve that.
- I hope I’ll make it.
Words and phrases like this tend to lead us to presuppose that we will fail and that we don’t really believe that we can achieve, so when we don’t we aren’t too disappointed. In essence we set ourselves up for failure.
If these are your answer to ANYTHING that you know you must do in order to achieve your goal, then I suggest you revisit just how important your goal is to you and listen to the kinds of words and phrases you use and write when talking about your goals.
Small changes in how you think, speak and write can make a huge difference to your ability to succeed.
I want you to succeed and I know that you can when you set your mind on the track from the beginning.
Here’s to your success.