Thursday 21 September 2017

Focus attention to get strength and build momentum

Young fit woman doing press ups on an exercise mat
Young fit woman doing press ups on an exercise mat

Declan Coyle

Mind your step

A lady I met recently knew the Roy Keane quote from Benjamin Franklin: "Fail to prepare; prepare to fail!" but she still wanted to hit her goal.

What she said was: "I'm determined to run the Dublin Mini Marathon this year, but I'm just not putting in the preparation every day. I've skipped so many mornings. How can I get into a regular routine?"

Whether it's training for a marathon, or just getting up in the morning, there are few of us who haven't felt like this particular lady. We just don't want to do what needs to be done if we are to really succeed.

Success embraces us the moment we realise that life is about beginning, about taking that first step. You cannot do everything but you can do something. If you are pushing a bus the first few yards are the hardest and then you get momentum.

Ask yourself: "Where should my focus be?" When you focus your attention you get strength and momentum because of the following three characteristics:

1. Momentum is single-minded. The energy of a light bulb is the same as that of a laser beam, except that the laser beam is focused. You hold a dry leaf in your hand all day on a sunny day, and nothing happens. You hold a magnifying glass between the sun and the leaf and soon it will crackle into flames and burn. The magnifying glass focuses the power of the sun.

2. Momentum is unwavering in the pursuit of a goal. The world will always provide you with the opportunity to quit, but only the world would call quitting an opportunity. Stop looking at where you are and start looking at where you can be. No wind blows in favour of a ship without a destination. A person who is not passionate about a goal is like a ship without a rudder. A person going nowhere can be sure of reaching their destination.

Momentum has a concreted intensity and acts out of an inspiring vision. Concentration is essential. You bend all your energies to one point and go directly to that point rather than wandering aimlessly around.

3. Momentum is fuelled by a passion that absolutely knows no limits. It isn't your position but rather your disposition that makes you happy. Some people freeze in the winter. Others ski. If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. A passionate positive attitude always delivers positive results. Your best friends and your worst enemies are the thoughts you have about yourself.

So be consistent in your preparation by getting started. Then you build momentum. After a while it becomes second nature and you'll discover that you are enjoying your training runs just as much as the actual mini marathon. I hope the lady I spoke to gets to know that little secret – if she does, it will change her life.

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