Friday, June 15, 2012
Have Clarity and purpose
More easily than any other, this is probably the rule that translates into all walks of life.
For sports people it is relatively simple. Being told what, where, when and how to do your job and then staying focused towards it is essential. There is a growing and constant reminder of how well things are going as you progress on the journey towards judgement day.
In life, however, the end goal might not be so clearly defined. There might be more choices and outcomes are less obvious. Success is sometimes hard to recognise in the absence of a finishing line to cross or a goal to hit. This is why I believe that it is so important to design it ourselves.
In the book, chapter 5 is all about building clarity and having purpose towards an end goal. Coach shares with the four (now developing) prodigies that being very clear and retaining this clarity is essential when it comes to being efficient with our efforts and also being able to stay motivated along the way.
As Coach also share, having a vision is key.
The following is an extract from the book where Could’ve, Would’ve Should’ve all listen to Did who shares his vision of where he wants to go with exactly the kind of clarity needed in any field…
Could’ve, as was often the case, decided to challenge Did. “Do you think you’ve got what it takes, Did?” he asked. After a long pause Did replied, “ … I don’t know. I come here day in, day out and see three other guys more talented than me, but somehow, after every session, I feel more driven towards my dream.”
“What’s that then?” Could’ve asked in a nonplussed tone.
“To be the best I can possibly be is the simple answer. I would love to compete at the Olympic Games. I can see myself standing over my blocks, looking down the track, and sometimes I even allow myself to picture standing on the winner’s rostrum. I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to get there. You see, when I was a kid I was different to most. I would watch the Games on the TV and dream it was me. I would imagine what it would feel like to have that kind of experience.
“When I see myself standing on an Olympic rostrum, I begin to wonder how great that might feel; it sends a tingle of excitement down my spine when I allow myself to create that image in my mind.”
Extract from ‘The Champion In All Of Us’ - available on Amazon and at high street book retailers. Alternatively order your signed copy right here ORDER NOW! www.stevebackley.com/the-champion-in-all-of-us/