How to Create Your Success? Have you ever felt that despondent feeling when you can’t get to grips with something? Or do you not understand what the manual is trying to tell you? Be it technology, writing, running, communication or social media, whatever your current Achilles heel is, we all struggle with certain things from time to time. My Achilles is aspects of technology. Sometimes I feel as if I am trying to learn an alien language!
Success Needs Practice.
In sports, it is easy to attribute natural physical gifts to sporting greats like Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Ian Thorpe etc. However, if you delve into the book ‘Bounce’, by Matthew Syed, he discussed some of the findings from Herbert Simon, a cognitive scientist. He explains that what looks like talent is actually a consequence of years of practice.
Yippee, there is hope for us all to become successful experts in the world of technology, internet marketing, squeeze pages, blog writing, etc. Also for everything else that is almost a mandatory part of running a business these days.
Today, with all the incredible scientific research and latest technology studying the deepest areas of the brain, we have begun to question more about talent and success, and what makes us tick. While much research has been done at the elite sporting level, we can map some of the it across to our daily lives. So we too can feel like we are born to succeed at anything we choose to focus on.
Born to Succeed?
I recently read the autobiography ‘OPEN’, by Andre Agassi. Surprisingly, he hated tennis so much and yet, we can presume he really was born to succeed. He was given a tennis racket before he could walk and it seemed a natural fit. Tiger Woods started playing golf at the age of one. Both had such a long introductions to their respective sports with so much practice even before both were ready to embark into their careers.
According to this approach, what looks like talent was in fact the consequence of years of practice. From here sprung the idea that 10,000 hours is what it takes to attain expertise.
Please believe that we all have much more potential than we credit ourselves with; Todd Sampson’s show, “Redesign my Brain” is testament to what can be achieved. After successfully training to tight-rope walk between two buildings, he actually did it.
Here are a few simple but necessary ingredients which will help us become more successful so we can feel we really were born to succeed.
Here are my favourite five:
1. CONSISTENCY Showing up is a large part of success. We all know Olympians train in rain, wind, cold and snow, consistently getting out of bed before the sun rises, day in day out, for years at a time. However, as humans we like to read about their success – the glory not the story. How much time and effort do you put into mastering a new challenge. Do you persist, or give up when the going gets tough?
2. PRACTICE On standard tests of reaction, top tennis players were found to be no faster on average than non tennis players. What they possessed was superior anticipation rather than a superior reaction They can ‘read’ the movement of the opponent and then move into position earlier than non-elite players.
This complex skill has been encoded into the brain through years of practice. What practice does is transform the neural architecture of the brain. London cab drivers for instance, have found to have a larger hippocampus area in their brain – the part involved in spatial navigation. Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good. Malcolm Gladwell
3. CREATING POSITIVE LIFE HABITS Repetition is a key to create positive life habits. Our habits shape our life and often run our lives. As I quoted in my book ‘Creating Healthy Life Habits, about habits, ‘I am your constant companion. I am your greatest help or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.’
And as John Dryden said, ‘We first make our habits and then our habits make us.’
Your thoughts are habitual too!
4. SELF-BELIEF Probably the most critical key. The more you believe in yourself the more you can do. You are what you think you are. It is as simple as that! Do whatever it takes to Cultivate self-belief.
5. MOTIVATION and DESIRE If you have no motivation or desire to exercise, learn how to use your new computer or software, you probably won’t! Your chances of success and becoming an expert will be limited.
In conclusion, be buoyed that you can succeed at something if you really want to. The the odds are that you can. It may be hard work, time consuming and at times, frustrating and challenging. Yet, your brain can change and you can re-learn and re-wire itself with practice, practice and more practice.
Remember that there is always a cost for every decision you make; so be prepared to pay the cost. If, like me, you realise your motivation for becoming awesome at technology is at the lower end of the scale, well, luckily, there is always a way. So I will outsource and remove the pressure of having to be successful at all aspects in my business and life, and focus on those that I love.
Phew What a relief! I feel more successful already!
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Mandy Napier BSc, is a mind & performance coach, speaker and author. Dubbed the ‘Mindset Alchemist’, she helps people harness the power of their minds, and live, happier, healthier lives. She offers a unique online coaching program as well as one on one coaching.
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