I have just returned from my summer break in sunny Spain where it was sweltering in the heat but we also had sea breezes to cool us down. The Olympics have just finished. I watched most of the events with a Spanish commentary. It was a great uplifting, emotional and wondrous spectacle that I felt I was experiencing for the first time. My interest in the Olympics had waned for previous events but was renewed after the excitement of witnessing the torch relay as it passed in front of Brent Town Hall in North London, near my home and then watching London 2012.
Do you have a mentor or coach who has made a difference in your life? In your career change, take a lesson from the Olympians. Ensure that you get the support you need to accelerate your career change and enable you to achieve your goals faster. People who want to be an Olympic champion needed that little extra quality in their preparation that set them apart from their competitors.
During their training, athletes are often seen as obsessive and selfish as they do whatever it takes to meet the standards required of them. While it is not a balanced way to live or normal for most of us, anyone who is striving for greatness in any area of life may need to make sacrifices to achieve their goals. What are you willing to sacrifice to achieve your career change?
Two of the factors that were shown to be crucial to an Olympian’s success were the athlete’s self-awareness and a strong coach–athlete relationship. Caroline Heaney of the Open University says that an Olympian’s self confidence and self belief are critical to their success. Also important is a positive mindset or self-talk to ensure that negative mind chatter does not lead to negative performance. Using imagery or visualisation techniques have shown remarkable results, for example, where an athlete visualised injured tissues healing.
In your career change, will you emulate some of the above skills of the Olympians and access all your abilities to propel you forward into the life and career that you desire? If you would like my support on your journey, go to www.careerchangeat40.com/services.