It seems that finally Spring is here? I question it because we are still under the threat of more snow but in its favour is the fact the clocks have gone forward and the sun is shining as I write this suggests to me that the indications are all good!
In many ways I prefer to consider this time of year as a new start rather than New Year as I am surrounded by so many things in nature that are waking up and starting their new growth. It’s as though we can now properly awake from our winter slumber and feel more energised as we look to the future.
This weekend I’ve been thinking a lot about goals and growth as we took our family to London to visit the sites and unsurprisingly the Science Museum was top of their list!
As I walked around the vast and impressive installations what struck me the most was the enormous advances that mankind had made in a relatively short space of time, however, unlike the other times I had visited it, I started to think more deeply about what had enabled such amazing feats of science to even be imagined and as I looked at the exhibits of the tools the scientists had used and even their ‘laboratories’ I started to have a sense of the kind of mindset that would be needed to pursue and achieve such goals.
For me, in recent years, whenever I have pursued a goal that had stretched me in some way, it has always started with an insight – you might call this an idea or an inspiring thought, but often it feels more than that, you have a sense that it feels the right step to take. When I imagined these scientists it struck me that they must have had a similar feeling about what they wanted to achieve. However so often we give up on our goals, but they didn’t so they must have been so sure that it could be achieved by them that giving up simply wasn’t an option. It was less of a ‘can I do this’ and more of a ‘how can I do this’ approach.
Interesting at a similar time a member of my community posted in my Facebook Group describing how when she was watching a dance performance, she had challenged her belief that she could no longer dance but it was something that she really wanted to do, she realised that her doubt was unfounded and had rebooked herself into classes!
This seemingly completely unrelated event got me thinking even more, I’m not a scientist and I’m not about to change the world but to me a goal is a goal but what makes the difference between achieving it or not?
And then as often happens an insight came to me, and it became clear and bizarrely it was like an equation you would find in the museum I had just visited.
To me an achievable goal always starts with the insight of it already being achieved at some point in the future, you can see yourself doing or achieving it. However what is also required is a solid belief that you can achieve it. There is never the question of if you can achieve it rather than how and you need to have some curiosity and tenacity with this one too. This is like the spice in the recipe, the problem solving if you like with a splash of not giving up. However if you replaced self belief, curiosity & tenacity with a fixed view and acceptance of how things are about life your goal is less likely to be achieved. So for the scientists amongst you it looked like this to me.
Insight + self belief + curiosity + tenacity = achieved goal
However Insight + self doubt + fixed mindset + acceptance = unachieved goal
I found it even more curious as I formulated this that the actual idea, the insight only formed a very small part of us achieving the goal and what appeared to me to be the divining factor was clearly one of mindset. How different our lives would have been if all of those scientists had had different mindsets and I wonder how different yours would be too if yours was different too?
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