We write down our goals and of course we ALWAYS achieve them… Don’t We?
Well you may achieve ALL your goals…. but I’ve got lots of ‘goals’ that I’ve started working towards but never quite achieved.
I get so far and then it’s like I’ve got a giant elastic band tied to my waist, which when it gets stretched tight suddenly pings me right back to my starting point! Sometimes it’s like 2 steps forward and 3 steps back….
Why is it that we are able to move forward, pushing our boundaries … to a point and then suddenly we find ourselves scurrying back to our ‘comfort zone’… even if it’s not feeling very comfortable? It’s what we know… what we’ve got used to. I wrote about this in a previous post: Are ‘BELIEFS’ Holding You Back?
Last weekend, I attended Andy Harrington’s free Power To Achieve 3 day event at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in London and Wow… Barriers were broken. I broke down some of the walls which I’ve been bashing into for a good few years…
I’m sure you may recognise some of those ‘walls’ – they’re the ones that give you a bloody nose when you come up against them – and where is the place you return to with a ‘bloody nose’.. yes – back ‘home’!
I’ve got to say that Andy Harrington worked his socks off over the 3 days. We registered on the first morning at 07:30 a.m., the event opened at 09:00 a.m. and our first break was 4:00 p.m. – yep 7 hours without a coffee or lunch break… and yes, I was cross legged too! However, the amount of information that Andy was giving made it worth ‘squeezing in’ for a bit longer… if you get my flow! After a 1 hour tea break, the sessions continued and ran until 10:00 p.m.
Tip: If you ever go on one of Andy’s events, take some snacks in with you… and a commode!
It’s true though.. very few things are ‘absolutely free’.. they usually have a few strings attached and although the event was free to attend, Andy was honest from the start – he explained that there would be some ‘commercials’ running over the 3 days.
He bought on some inspiring speakers and some ‘not so’ inspiring speakers and sometimes the ‘commercial break’ felt as though it went on for too long and at times felt a bit ‘uncomfortable’…. But, if you put these to one side, overall the event was packed with lots of powerful strategies and ideas and certainly opened my eyes up, to clearly see the possibilities that can be achieved if you truly set your mind to it!
Andy led us on a 3 day journey, with lots of NLP theory bought to life. He demonstrated how our ‘state of mind’ and our ‘belief system’ can drive us to success or keep us shackled in a fixed position….. “Look At The State Of You”
Our introduction to Charlie the monkey, certainly provided a great deal of hilarity, whilst very clearly highlighting some of the limiting strategies we often use without being aware of them, throughout our lives and which cause us to sometimes miss the most simple and obvious solutions that are right under our noses…
At the end of our first day, we were challenged to break through blocks of wood with our bare hands, as a physical demonstration of what we can achieve when we push through those barriers.
At the end of the second day, our challenge was to bend an iron rod between two people, using just our necks … that soft part of our throat (don’t try this at home!).
At the end of the final day, we broke some old patterns of behaviour and established some new and better patterns, with some guided transformational meditations and exercises…. It was powerful stuff!
We experienced how having a ‘can do’ mindset, makes the difference between success and failure. As we felt the bar start to bend, our natural instinct was to pull back rather than push forward and yet with encouragement and belief that it’s possible, the bar bends in two… and we lived to tell the tale – not even a scratch!
Do you recognise that ‘pulling back’ instinct when you’ve pushed so far toward your goals?
Well next time, at the point that you feel the urge to pull back and give up… just keep pushing… and put in some ‘extra effort’.
So often we stop when we are within touching distance of the finish line, we fail to take the ‘leap of faith’ and instead run backwards, when with just a bit more of a push, we could be living our dreams….
Within each of us is the Power To Achieve whatever we set our minds to, if we just press forward, one step at a time, with absolute focus and determination…
As my dad regularly told us when we were growing up…..
“What one man can do, I can do also”…
That’s one of my childhood beliefs I’m going to keep!