Monday Morning Motivation – 20 Tiny thoughts crushing your biggest dreams

Man contemplating his thoughts and dreams

20 Tiny thoughts crushing your biggest dreams is one of the most inspirational blog posts that I’ve read recently. When I was at an Embrace Sports triathlon training camp last year, one of the thoughts that Graeme shared with me was not to allow my races be dominated by my own self-limiting beliefs. In the aforementioned blog post, March Chernoff emphasises the importance of changing your thinking to achieve the results that you want. I urge you to read the whole blog post, but if you haven’t got time, some of the highlights include the following 10 bullet points (the comments are my own):

  1. “My dreams and goals can wait.”
    Why postpone your happiness until tomorrow? Will you ever achieve your goals, if you postpone them?
  2. “I don’t have time.”
    It is almost always possible to make time for the things that really matter for you, so the real question is whether you actually want to have time for something.
  3. “I’m not talented enough.”
    At some stage, I’m going to write a post about ‘Bounce’ – a book that suggests talent does not exist and that success is actually down to hard work and practise. You need to be persistent to achieve your goals.
  4.  “This problem is too big to solve.”
    Chernoff argues that you need to avoid over-thinking problems. I agree that that may be true in some circumstances; however, on other occasions, I think it may just be important to break a problem down into smaller parts.
  5. “I’m not ready yet.”
    Seize the moment as you may never get a second chance!
  6. “I knew I wasn’t good enough.”
    There may be a reason why some things don’t work. Sometimes, it is necessary to reassess your goals and decide whether you want to continue with them.
  7. “I’m a failure.”
    The more times you fail, the closer you are to success – everything takes practice.
  8.  “They have it so much easier than me.”
    Chernoff points out that everyone has battles to contend with, it’s just that some people deal with them privately.
  9. “I have nothing to be thankful for.”
    It’s important to remain positive. Be thankful for what you have and consider how much worse your situation could be.
  10. “They don’t have what it takes either.”
    Chernoff points out that it is important to encourage and support others, rather than criticising them. Cheer for people and help to empower them, as one day you may be grateful of their support.

Have you ever been held back by self-limiting beliefs?

4 Responses

  1. Great Monday share! And you are so right… Uplifting others is just as important as doing things for yourself. I want everyone I love to thrive!

    • Me too… although I will admit to a tiny internal struggle when the people I’ve worked with achieve greater things than I’ve ever done. I’m happy for them, but also desperate to catch up!

  2. I SO agree with your comments about not having enough time. I work in a job where many of my colleagues say they just don’t have time to get to the gym… Well I do the same job and manage at least 7 hours a week! It is about whether you make time for something, what ever you want to prioritise is absolutely fine but saying you don’t have time is usually just that… An excuse!! You really hit the nail on the head and now I’m off to read the post you linked to 🙂

    • I think it’s also about the other decisions people make as well. I no longer go to the gym/an exercise class every lunchbreak (which is what I used to in my old job), as there’s a lot more pressure on my working day… but I no longer spend two hours commuting to and from work. Instead, I have a lovely bike ride every morning and evening, which is almost as good as an exercise class. However, I don’t always have as much time as I’d like for this blog – if I cut down on my exercising, then I wouldn’t have much to write about!

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