17 October 2016

How do you get started achieving your dream?


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This is one of the questions that I am asked the most. Whether your dream is in sport or business, I have learned that it all starts with writing down your goal.

I don’t know why it works, but it does!

Writing it down, committing to a goal changes something. You’re focussed on achieving it, whether you realise it or not.

The Olympic parade is coming to Manchester today and I wonder how many of these athletes started by writing down their goals? I know that the TeamGB hockey team write down their tactics, how to beat their opponents. I also know that world champion squash player, Laura Massaro does the same.

On the topic of the Olympic Parade, how wonderful is it to be able to celebrate our sporting heroes here in the North? Olympic champions, right here on our doorstep.

It’s fantastic to see all of the sport clubs and initiatives in Manchester get the recognition they deserve, especially because no less than 23 Olympic medals were won by athletes who trained or were born in the city. Manchester is also home to both the National Cycling Centre and the National Taekwondo centre.

But we shouldn’t just look at just a couple of star venues. There are so many great facilities and incredible young sports stars across the north of the England that need their moment in the spotlight so that they can continue to get the necessary investment and help train young talent.

Today we are able to share in the excitement of all of these athletes, many of whom have trained right around the corner from the parade route.

The fact that the parade takes place after school hours is a clear move to get as many young people lining the streets as possible.

What an inspiration to budding athletes of our city and region. I hope that hundreds of people are inspired by the parade today and that they take the first step and set their goals and that the ‘powers that be’ see for themselves the benefits of the funding and focus on sport and fitness.

Will you be at the parade?

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