Blog By: Dr.Chaitanya Sridhar
“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital”- Joe Paterno
The first step begins with a GOAL -no matter what we want to win or succeed in. The Goal is what gives direction and intensity to our quest.
Recently, I was invited by the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, IAF to deliver a talk on ‘Optimising Human Performance’. Come to think of it the factors that contribute to success are largely similar across what seems like diverse fields such as Sport, Fitness and Aviation.
“This one step – choosing a goal and sticking to it – changes everything.” ~ Scott Reed
One of my favourite inspirational stories that I like to narrate while emphasising on Goals is that of Florence Chadwick, the first woman to swim the English Channel. In her first attempt to cross the Catalina Channel off Pacific Ocean, the weather was foggy, chilly and very unwelcoming. Still, Chadwick swam for fifteen hours before she asked to be taken out of the water as she got hardly see anything. Her mother and coach who were cheering her in a nearby boat urged her to stay the course as she was almost near shore. She gave into physical and mental exhaustion and pulled out. On the boat, she realised that she was less than a mile from shore. At a news conference she said, “All I could see was the fog… I think if I could have seen the shore, I would have made it”.
“You have to train your mind like you train your body.”-Bruce Jenner
Few months later, she attempted the feat again and the conditions were similar but she kept a mental image of the shoreline in her mind. She became the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel, and that too breaking the men’s record by two hours!
The difference between her first and second successful attempt was that ‘she didn’t lose sight of the shore (goal) which motivated her to stay the course and emerge victorious. We will encounter the ‘fog signifying obstacles’ when we set out to achieve our goals. This is why I always ask my clients ‘what do you want’ and redirect towards what is important to us. There is no point obsessing on issues and obstacles; we have to shift our focus to ‘the goal’, stay the course and emerge victorious.
“If you can visualize your goal, you can make it
through the fog just like Chadwick”
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