5 July 2016

Barack ObamaLast week I shared a quote image of Barack Obama in which the text reads: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

This simple statement struck a chord. Whilst many will no doubt tie this into Brexit and the state of politics, I would rather move away from that and closer to home.

How do the choices we make define who we are? Or something like that.

When you wake up and feel groggy, or as if you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed, do you let that dictate the rest of your day? Or do you bring about the change needed – a coffee, some exercise, a shift in mindset – to put you back on track?

More often than not it is our mindset that dictates how our day will go. No one else can change that for you. Only you have that power.

For example, when you say you are busy it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts. You’re so busy, feeling busy, feeling stressed, telling people that you are busy and trying to get out of the spiral of busyness, that you forget to actually do the original task list that made you busy in the first place. This list then builds and builds and before you know if you’re stuck in a stressful place, constantly busy being busy!

It comes back to the power of intention. Muhammad Ali was a pioneer of a technique now used across the majority of sports psychology, life coaching and mentoring.

Whatever you put out there, whatever you say and whatever you believe becomes what you are. Ali said that he was the greatest long before he was.

Change will not come unless you set the wheels in motion. If you set the intention, write down the goal and live it, often the change you were looking for comes before you’ve even noticed!

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