Achieve Your Goals
Johanna Konta has risen from 146th in the world in 2014 to now being 7th. She is also the first female British tennis player to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since Virginia Wade in 1978.
Many of the reports about her focus on how she was not considered the best player and whilst being determined as a child, she was often told that the talent was not there.
How did a girl, often told she was not good enough, keep motivated for her dream of being the best tennis player in the world?
Konta’s success can be attributed largely to her mental attitude and belief in herself. Her sport’s psychologist Juan Coto, helped her to focus on small achievements, such as winning a serve as opposed to focusing on winning the whole match.
We think this method of mindfulness can be perfectly summarised by the Vincent Van Gogh quote: “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together”
You too can achieve your goals by focussing on small victories, regularly doing something small to work towards your bigger dreams.
Here are our tips on how to achieve your goals.
Believe in yourself
Take tips from Konta and believe in yourself even if other people do not. If someone says you can’t do it, show them that you can. Other people’s negativity can often be the push you need to motivate yourself to work harder. As Henry Ford once said, “whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you are right”.
Focus on small achievements
Think about your big goal and then break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks. Trying to do everything at once can actually hinder your ability to succeed, sometimes making tasks take up to 50% longer says mindfulness teach Melli O’Brien (mrsmindfulness.com).
Don’t go it alone. We can all get by with a little help from our friends
Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help and you may feel like you haven’t achieved it unless you do it completely by yourself. But you will get a lot further if allow others to help where they can. Working together opens up a whole range of opportunities that may not have been available before. You will still get the same sense of self-satisfaction when you achieve your goals and you will be able to share the adventure with those that helped.
Never give up
Don’t let failure hold you back. It’s important to learn from your mistakes and often these lead you to new insights into how to succeed. Even your idols will have made mistakes and this will be how they got to where they are today.
As my wise mum says, those who don’t risk, don’t drink champagne! Take a risk every day, especially if the reward of that risk takes you closer to achieving your goal. We are not talking about jumping off cliffs or out of a plane, but more making that effort to bring up courage when you would rather shy away.
If you are having fun, chances are others around you will too, making you much more likely to succeed. Whilst you should be dedicated, try not take it too seriously as the journey should be as fun as achieving your goals.
Do something you are passionate about!
If you are truly enthralled by what you are doing then the rest will come naturally. Then it won’t feel (too much) like hard work! As the saying goes, do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.
It’s never too late to start working towards your big dreams. You can start today, by thinking of what your big goal is. Then break it down into very small tasks that can be done day to day. Try to do something small towards your goals daily and they will soon amount to something much bigger. Keep a positive attitude and share your dreams with others, you never know who will be able to help you on your way. Success can start with a positive attitude, focus, a few risks and keeping going, no matter what.
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