by David DeFord
In his mindís eye the world-class pole vaulter sees himself running to the bar in perfect pace, his pole angled at the correct angle. He launches himself, bending the pole in a perfect arch. As the pole springs to its full extension, the vaulterís body extends high above it. He clears the bar by a mere inch. The crowd rises to its feet and roars its appreciation. They have just witnessed the breaking of a world record.
The athlete visualizes this scene a thousand times before the competition even begins. He knows how it will feel. He knows the actions he must perform in order to make it a reality. It feels familiar to him.
He sees it occur before he actually experiences itóa spiritual creation.
Every great athlete runs through this spiritual creation before every event. He focuses on the victory. He avoids thinking about failure and defeat. He thinks nothing of what will happen if he doesnít win. His focus is on the victory.
In the same way the great writer sees in his mindís eye his reader feeling the emotion he wants to evoke.
Even I do this. As I write this, I see you finish reading these words and thinking to yourself, "I can do that!" "I will focus on winning."
Then, when I receive your e-mails describing how my writing has helped you, it feels familiar and wonderful.
To achieve your lofty dreams, you must focus on what you want.
What you think about most you will ultimately attain.
If you focus on winning and attaining, you will win and attain. If you focus on your problems, you will stay mired in your problems. Think solutions.
As you work on a problem, think less about the problem and much more on the solution.
What will it take for you to reach your loftiest goals? Engage your mindís eye in visualizing your victory.
What must you do well to reach your goal? What must you learn? What must you think? What must you be?
Evaluate your thoughts. Are they leading you toward or away from your goals?
Picture yourself ten years from now. You won the fight. You overcame the obstacles in your path. You did what you needed to achieve your dreams. You learned what you needed to learn. You cleared the bar.
How does it feel? Wasnít it worth it?
Like the world-class pole vaulter, you can lead yourself to victory by focusing on what you want.
You can do this. You can focus on winning. You can win.
My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out. Ronald Reagan
Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. Washington Irving
Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives. Anthony Robbins
Visualize this thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin. Robert Collier
If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results. Jack Dixon
Do not let what you can't do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden
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