None of us like to do it, it doesn’t feel good, and many times it hurts!
It is absolutely necessary for optimal physical, mental, and professional performance. Stretching means that you need to get out of your comfort zone to get to the next level. There is temporary pain, but will allow you to go deeper and farther than you ever thought possible if done consistently and deliberately. Have you ever noticed that if you get used to stretching, that after while the pain goes away and it feels good? but if only you stay on top of it! If you stop you go right back to where you started, the same goes for achieving success. You need to be consistently stretching your comfort zone to get to you where you want to go! The pain is temporary, but the glory last forever. - Ken
Changing the mindset to a successful/positive mindset for me is the single most important thing that you can do. My default is always to go to the negative, the dark side and believing that things are going to blow up rather than work out and by doing that you create the law of attraction on the worst case scenario. Having a winning, positive and focused mindset sets you in the right direction. The forward thinking, positive mindset lets you see things you normally wouldn’t. It allows your brain to expand to let in the good and possibility , it forces the brain down a different path rather than the default that I/you have trained it. It allows the brain to get to the next step. It is where true vision comes from. Mindset and forward vision are almost synonymous and when the mindset that is full of positivity , focus and possibility. The results are much better than the depressive and anxiety driven mindset that I/we and many of us struggle with most of the time. Realizing the power of your mind and what it can give or take from you, (both positive and negative) is the key to changing any situation you are in. Changing your mindset may sound simple and it is, but it is definitely not easy. Having awareness of the power of your mind is an amazing first step. Be aware and the future is full of possibility.
Winning in life is key, if you are going into life to not win then why are you here? Life is all about trying to become the best version of you! Everyone thinks that winning if going over the line first, that isn’t it, winning is about being better than you were yesterday. Winning is about pushing yourself to get over your own finish line, winning is about stepping outside of your own comfort zone. That is winning.
Believe me, and don’t get me wrong, I love to get across the finish line first, but my competition is not everyone else, my competition is me, it is about pushing my limits of what I think I can do and taking off the governor. I am not someone that is naturally smart, athletic or gifted. For me to win, I need to work harder, go longer, think more and apply myself more than most. I know that when I don’t do the things that push me forward, I start going backwards. And it plays with my mind, body and spirit. I get really pissed off at myself when I lose momentum. In my subconscious I know that I what I am doing isn’t working. I know that it is really forcing me backwards when I want to go forward. It makes me feel guilty, anxious and gross. In reality it is real time feedback that from you mind and body telling me what I have and haven’t done right. That is why it is so much easier to focus on the win rather than focus on being mediocre.
Most of us are looking to get the next level!
We are hungry for more, but many are looking for motivation from external sources, that is not where the next level comes from. It comes from your heart, your desire and your soul. Many times when you need motivation it is to late.
In our culture we think that we need to throw money at someone to motivate them. There is also the mindset that if we are going to take something away that they will also be motivated. These are both polar opposites looking for the same results!
The best way to get what you want is to have a burning desire to be better than you were yesterday. Push that one extra step, put that last drink down, lift that last rep, save that extra dollar. Those are the little things that will compound into the big results that you want.
Get out of your comfort zone and make it happen!
Managing Director at ZRG Partners, Global Executive Search Firm and Founder of Executive Athletes, the #1 based online community for executives who are athletes!