Make it happen part 5
Be the manager
In the previous modules of this programme, we explored the ten common factors that will help you achieve your goal and ten things that could hinder your progress.
When it comes to change, some people will say they don’t want to change – they’re quite happy where they are.
If you dig deeper, however, often this is not actually the case.
It’s hard-wired into our psyche to continually grow, learn and develop.
Any personal development means change.
Any goal you set signals a desire to move from where you are to somewhere else you want to be.
It’s natural and it’s healthy.
One of the key aspects to understanding in any change process – and a crucial reason for putting the Mynd App together – is the fact that you are in charge of your change.
The Mynd App will give you the skills, techniques, and the belief that you need, to follow through with making the changes you want to make.
It is also designed to give you support when you need it.
Any time, day or night, you can access me as your personal coach.
You can’t drift along, hoping that change will just happen, or that your luck will change or someone else will change you – it is down to you. 100%.
So be proactive and go after it.
In this, and other programmes on the Mynd App I’ll give you very specific strategies and tactics to help get you on the road to becoming the person YOU want to be.
These techniques have helped so many of my clients become incredibly high achievers, and I’m confident that the same skill set will work for you.
Become your own football manager
Football managers are constantly looking at strategies and tactics to win matches and to achieve their long and short-term goals.
Very important at the start of any change plan or the pursuit of a new goal is to be able to put a strategy in place.
Strategy, tactics, and logistics
A strategy is a practice plan to achieve an objective –
so you could start by writing down what you want to achieve and how you might go about achieving it, including timelines and an ACTION you’ll take.
For example, If your objective is to get fitter, your action plan might include joining a gym, a support or exercise group or getting a training buddy or a personal trainer – or a combination of these.
Your strategy needs to be accompanied by tactics and logistics.
A tactic is the art of adapting a plan to the immediate situation.
A leading American Coach used the acronym WIN: W-I-N, meaning ‘What’s Important Now’.
This is a great ‘checking in’ point when something happens – whether it’s good or not so good, a win or a loss, a success or a failure.
Rather than dwell on a mistake or celebrate a good passage of play, reset immediately by reminding yourself that the important thing is what you do now…every time.
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo says often that whatever he’s doing he absorbs himself IN THE PRESENT – not concerning himself about what’s just happened, or what might happen in the future
Tactics will help you change a plan on the spot to handle unforeseen circumstances if you have to.
I’ve had the good fortune to sit with some of the most successful athletes in the world and discuss what they would do when hit by a particular challenge or problem.
Initially, there’s a misconception about psychology in sport and performance and some athletes think it’s simply about positive thinking – it isn’t it’s about developing plans and strategies and the skills to help get through tough situations.
They often expect a performance consultant to be all about success, and to rely on telling them over and over that things will work out fine, but after they lose their initial concern around talking about negatives, they start to realise how important it is to anticipate challenges.
The overall effect of anticipating and preparing for obstacles is almost like putting a protective shield around them;
when adversity comes, they’re better prepared and generally use their carefully thought-out and rehearsed tactics to handle the situation better than their opponents.
Logistics is the art of providing the resources you need to achieve your plan in a timely way –
it might include keeping a diary, changing location for part of your plan to fit in better with your current situation, or it could simply be getting information to help you along the way.
For example, if you tend to get home too late to go to the gym you might change to a gym close to work and go during your lunchtime.
Logistics is one way to overcome the myriad of excuses for not pursuing your goal…the story you might tell yourself as to why you didn’t succeed…
As we saw earlier – it’s not as simple as saying ‘that’s my goal’ and off you go…there are too many things that can distract you, block you or in other ways stop you progressing.
Planning for your success is an important factor in whether or not you achieve what you set out to do.
We’ve looked at the idea of becoming your own manager and really starting to plan for success, rather than just hope it comes your way.
We saw that by developing a strategy, tactics, and logistics – or resources – you’ll be much better equipped to not only anticipate and avoid predictable problems but also to better handle the unpredictable ones.
In the next two modules
We start to explore the useful tactics you can start to employ to help you on your journey and go through a 10-step guide to help you to MAKE IT HAPPEN
Your Mynd activity
If you want to be in charge of your own destiny; think back to what I said about being your own football manager.
Imagine that you’re put in charge of an elite team at an important point in the season.
What would you tell them?
How would you inspire them to get through the obstacles they’ll face?
What strategies would you use as their leader?
This is exactly the thought process I want you to start using on yourself –
you are that elite team and you deserve high-quality input.
Gradually, you will become a good planner of the strategy, tactics, and logistics, adding all the details needed for your personal development.
See you tomorrow