Reaching Past Your Grasp

10 Jun

“It’s just within my grasp!”

“I can taste it! It’s that close!”

“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”

All of these quips represent something similar–a goal is close to being accomplished. The toiling we’ve done toward an important endeavor appears to finally be culminating in the “finished product.”

How often during the process, however, do you doubt, question your abilities, ask if you can keep striving and driving toward what  you have set out to achieve? How often have you set a goal and given up on it, just deeming it too difficult, too hard, and just not worth the effort?

It’s not uncommon. I have clients daily who question what they are doing to lose weight. Why put forth the work to “only lose a 1/2 pound a week?”

I know how I’d answer that question.

But how do you get the individual to recognize all that is happening THROUGH the work, the process that is building their foundation of fortitude and resilience and the ambition to drive PAST what they so want to grasp!

Apolo Ohno, the most decorated Winter Olympian in U.S. History, knows the value of working toward a dream.  He entered his 3rd Olympics at the age of 27, and competed as one of the oldest competitors in skating.  “I didn’t know how I would do it or how I would win, but I made the commitment to do what it takes,” he states in his book, Zero Regrets.

Capturing a goal means adopting a mindset that leaves no room for doubt.  The path you take to grasp what holds meaning for you must be routed PAST the goal.  This means you start your journey having already won. 

Everyone says they want to win. But are they willing to do what it takes? Focusing on that end point won’t net you the greatest success. There’s some great scenery along the path. Some detours might be taken that were unexpected. Some inclimate weather may create a a roadblock.  But there is always a way around it. 

Will you give up at the slightest hint of difficulty? Will you go through life with regrets and unfulfilled dreams?

When you approach your goals with a positive mindset, you are already reaching past your grasp and leave no room for regrets.

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