“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” – Buddha
Over the weekend I shocked myself. Despite thinking it was scary and that I could possibly die, I learned how to ride a motorcycle.
While it took me a minute to get my hands to do what I wanted them to—control the bike—my biggest obstacle was my thoughts.
Before the class got on the bikes, I jokingly said my goal was to not die. But I was serious. I have a friend who died in a motorcycle accident a few years ago, and while that didn’t prevent me from getting on the bike, it was in the back of my mind the whole time. I questioned my ability to coordinate my hands, I was worried about moving too quickly or giving my bike too much gas, and I was extremely cautious to the point that I over-thought everything. And you know what happened? My bike kept stalling and while others were zipping around the track, I was struggling.
After a quick pep talk, I relaxed. I refused to let self-doubt overwhelm me and by the second day of our class, I was confident enough to give my bike some speed. It was exhilarating!
Life is sort of like that. Our thoughts and what we think of our abilities often affect how we perform. If we psych ourselves out before we even get started, we probably won’t accomplish our goal.
Think about it. If you’ve been hoping to switch careers or lose weight, if you constantly talk about all of the obstacles between you and your goal, or dream up all of the worst-case scenarios, I doubt you’ll get what you want. However, if you go into each challenging knowing you can meet it, you’ll be more likely to be successful.
Get your mind right, Clutchettes and the rest will follow.