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Eoin Flynn, Ireland, right, celebrates crossing the line as Thomas Cornthwaite, from Lanchashire, England, catches his breath after the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Photo: Pat Murphy/SPORTSFILE

Eoin Flynn, Ireland, right, celebrates crossing the line as Thomas Cornthwaite, from Lanchashire, England, catches his breath after the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Photo: Pat Murphy/SPORTSFILE

Eoin Flynn, Ireland, right, celebrates crossing the line as Thomas Cornthwaite, from Lanchashire, England, catches his breath after the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Photo: Pat Murphy/SPORTSFILE

Perhaps you are one of the 12,517 who finished the recent Dublin marathon. If you were a first timer, this article is for you. If it was your second or 22nd marathon, it's for you too. A third party I am keen to include are those who have ticked off any 'big goal' on their 2014 list.

One of the many things I see in my line of work is people's opinions of themselves. Often, people put themselves down by the words they use or the disregard they have for past achievements. We can be quick to downplay or forget the effort we put in to make a big goal achievable. I firmly believe we can use the memory of past successes to help us achieve future ambitions.

Most people have ambitions or goals of some sort on their horizon. Maybe it's another marathon, a college course, a job promotion or maybe you are endeavouring to open or grow a business.

If you completed last week's 26.2 mile trip around Dublin I would urge you to never forget what it get took to reach Merrion Square's finish line. To attain any goal you might have next week, next month or next year, remind yourself of the long runs you did last July, August and September. Your success last week or this year is almost certainly because of significant effort on your part.

Some might not see the value, but I believe that success or achievement is 80pc in our frame of mind. By applying what I am suggesting here, you are harnessing your mindset to have a great attitude about the past and a great belief system for the future.

Why not write down the things you are most proud of? Look at that list. Have a great attitude about it. Never forget what it took to make those ambitions come true.

It doesn't have to be a marathon that you tap into. It can work for any major previous achievement and for any future goal. October's marathon, or whatever you tap into, can help secure success if you realise its achievement need not be parked, at least in your mind. I am not suggesting you need to share this publicly. It can just be an attitude and a thought you keep in your head.

Our mind can be our greatest saboteur, but also our greatest ally. It is the mind that runs the body and our actions come from our thoughts.

Why not have great thoughts about what you have already done. It will assist you in creating great things in your future.

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