“I am the greatest” was one of Muhammed Ali’s mantras and he believed it and lived by it; in fact, he said it before he even knew he was – a wonderful example of how powerful affirmations are and that the facts will eventually catch up! Ali was and still is considered one of the greatest boxers and that was his dream.
Pursuing your dreams is the premise of the film The Greatest Showman, which I recently watched. Loosely based on the life of P.T. Barnum – albeit airbrushing a fair amount of the exploitative nature of Barnum – Hugh Jackman plays the promoter who starts a Circus with his character being a champion of acceptance and tolerance – that no one should be an outsider. It’s about believing in yourself and following your dreams; the wonderful soundtrack with its soaring anthems encourages big dreams and to not allow anything or anyone else to stop you.
Children have big dreams – to be an astronaut, an explorer, to run the country or to save the planet. Sadly, the reality is that for far too many children, these dreams gradually diminish and disappear. This prompts the question – why? Is it the grown-ups telling children to be more realistic – to have more obtainable goals? Maybe. When we’re young, for the most part, we listen to those adults around us as they can have so much influence. Maybe we don’t go for those dreams because we put our own obstacles in the way – because we do listen to the naysayers, maybe it’s inertia, perhaps we fear failure – maybe conversely, we fear success – will it change us? Maybe it is lack of self-esteem. For whatever reason, as we grow into adults, we are able to reach the maturity in our thoughts to know that glass-ceilings are self-imposed.
So, what can we do about this glass-ceiling we seem to have constructed? We can work on our self-esteem – know that we are worthy, that no one deserves it any more than we do. Note down our achievements in a Success Journal and read back through them should we be having a shocker of a day – those journal entries serve to remind us what we are capable of…
Visualisation is another key component of being successful – in whatever form that may mean to us. Visualise, using all five senses, achieving your goal. The subconscious cannot tell the difference between a real or a vividly imagined event – it’s a sportsperson’s go-to when they’ve mastered the skill for they now know to work on the 80% of the success equation – the mindset.
Assumptive affirmations – they’re a vital piece of the jigsaw to your achievements. Twice-daily mantras you repeat out loud to yourself – maybe after your teeth-cleaning ritual – which you tell yourself, that you have achieved your ambition. The affirmations should be assumptive because the brain doesn’t like cognitive dissonance so therefore, because it is teleologically-focused – i.e. it is end-goal orientated, the brain will do all it can to make what you have said a reality. It’s powerful stuff and keeps you on-track.
If you have a dream, what are you doing to make it a reality? Most people don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan and if you fall into this camp, that’s all your dream will remain as – a dream.
Muhammed Ali knew he was the greatest – he didn’t wait for the facts to catch up, he just knew it. Because of that utter self-belief, the facts did catch up. The same can be true for all of us.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Colin Powell
By Kirsty Perrin
About the Author: Having been immersed in the Winning Edge principles from an early age, Kirsty’s philosophy is to be the best you can be and to enjoy what you do in life.
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