In a world that is chock-full of seemingly extraordinary people, it can be hard to think that you will ever be one of them.
We all have goals and things that we want to achieve in life. The problem that many of us face when trying to achieve these goals is that we’re not exactly sure how to go about doing it.
For example, a person who lives a mostly sedentary lifestyle can want to transform his or herself into an athlete, but unless they know how to start that change, the chances of them achieving their goal are close to zero. These are three things that successful people keep on their minds when they’re working toward achieving their goals:
In a world that is chock-full of seemingly extraordinary people, it can be hard to think that you will ever be one of them. As humans, we have a somewhat strange obsession with people who achieve at the highest level. One unfortunate psychological problem with this obsession is that if we are not already exceptional or extraordinary at something, we think that it’s not worth it to try.
This is called having a “fixed mindset.” To overcome the attitude that you will never amount to anything great, you need to have a “growth mindset.” A growth mindset is entirely focused on your understanding that you will not become great immediately. It is recognizing that you will eventually achieve greatness once you start working toward it. Starting anything new is hard, so don’t get discouraged if it’s difficult at first; it’s supposed to be.
One of the biggest hurdles to get over when starting something new is feeling uncomfortable or like you don’t belong. The best way to overcome these feelings of awkwardness is to find a community of people that are doing the exact same thing as you. If you want to get into trail running, find a group of people who like to run together for fun. It works for anything.
The easiest way to commit (and stay committed) to something is by thinking about the types of people you want to spend your time with. Start by yourself, but then work toward finding like-minded people to hang out with if you’re struggling to commit to your goals.
Do you ever think about who you want to be in five years? If you have goals and grand visions of your future, one of the best aids in making those visions become reality is by becoming invested in the vision itself. You might have a big goal set for yourself, something like, “I want to complete a 5K sometime this year.” Great, now work on creating smaller goals that are much easier to achieve than a 5K, but that will help you progress toward your goal. Something like, “I will run at least one time in the next three days.”
Imagine yourself gliding along on your legs, absolutely crushing the 5K you wanted to run. Build that image of who you want to be, and get excited about it. The more you work toward your vision of your future self, the easier it becomes to do the work, and the faster those dreams turn into reality. Don’t ever think that you cannot do something or are incapable of becoming the person you envision yourself to be in your mind. Once you understand that it’s all in your head, you can learn to use your mind to push yourself farther than you’ve ever gone before. Change your attitude, change your mindset, change your life.