One of the most rewarding parts of what I do is changing people’s view of where they are and what they can do.
It would be egotistical of me to presume I am changing lives, but I do believe that with the right approach we can help people make that change for themselves.
This week I was asked to speak to my eldest son’s football team before their match. The coach wanted them to hear a different voice and a different point of view on how to get their heads in the right state before facing what was going to be some tough opposition.
The match they were about to play would make a huge difference to their chances of making it to the Grand Final.
I’m not a Footballer, I never have been, but the way I see it, the mental state to succeed at football is no different than the state required to be a great runner.
Here is what I told them…
I got them to be really clear about why they love the game. What gets them excited to play and why that feels so good? Next I got them to focus on their individual strengths and how it feels to use them.
We then talked about how important it is to make DECISIONS about what you are going to achieve. Not hopes, or wishes, but DECISIONS.
I asked one of the more outspoken boys what the score was going to be at the end of the game. He stares me in the eye and says – “We will win by 100 points”.
Trying not to show surprise, I ask the rest of the team if they agree. They do.
I ask them how it will make their supporters, their coach and most importantly, themselves feel to win by 100 points.
I got them to close their eyes and FEEL what it would be like to play their perfect game and win by 100 points.
What happened next taught me the true value and power of self-belief.
My son’s football team, ran out onto the ground and played four quarters of amazing football and I’ll be damned if they didn’t win by exactly 100 points!
So there it is. The Power of Decision.
Those boys showed us all what is possible when you get crystal clear about where you want to be and WHY.
Take this lesson and apply it to your running.
Scrap that… Take this lesson and apply it to your life!
Set the bar high. Don’t settle for anything less than spectacular and keep the reasons WHY firmly planted in your mind.
Go get it.