Your gold medal aspiration

What do you want to achieve in the next 12-18 months, for yourself and/or your business?

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The first step to achieve your aspiration is to articulate it. Once you declare what you want to achieve, you are more likely to achieve it. It no longer stays in the private domain of your thoughts or dreams. It is in the public domain and others are aware of what you are aiming to achieve.

The first step to achieve your aspiration is to articulate it. Once you declare what you want to achieve, you are more likely to achieve it. It no longer stays in the private domain of your thoughts or dreams. It is in the public domain and others are aware of what you are aiming to achieve.

What if you don’t have an aspiration that comes to mind? That may be the case and, your aspiration is hidden in your thinking or dreams. Indulge yourself for a few minutes and think about what you really want, what you would like to achieve (in a timescale that is sufficiently compelling for you) and how would it feel when you have achieved it?

An aspiration is most often the result of being inspired by an event, a situation or a person. As you reflect on what your aspiration might be, who or what inspired you? Run through the story or the experience once more. Consider afresh, your aspiration.

When we are encouraged to think freely, our minds have the capacity to dream big, think deep and, at the same time, our minds can prevent us taking the next step. We imagine the reasons we cannot achieve our aspiration; we don’t have the resources, the time, the money, the experience to be able to achieve what others have inspired us to think about. I encourage you to think about your aspiration in a way that is free of limits. Imagine you have all the resources you require and you will gain the experience you need to achieve your aspiration.

How do you differentiate the pipe dream from an aspiration? For sure, we need to have a dose of realism and you will be the best reality checker for your aspiration. As you reflect on your aspiration, be honest with yourself and think what is possible. Remember what might seem impossible today, is possible tomorrow, with the right mind set. Allowing your mind to be free of limits and with a dose of reality, now you have your aspiration.

Setting and achieving aspirations is not an easy experience. To stay on track, you will need to work hard, be focused, request the support you need, stay determined and enjoy the journey as well as the achievement of your aspiration. It is fair to say that parts of your journey will be tough, you may get distracted and there will be obstacles you will need to overcome. These are all part of the challenge and reward that awaits you as you fulfil your aspiration.

In the run up to the London 2012 Olympics, we became aware of the aspirations of our amazing athletes. At the end of the games, we realised how many of those aspirations had been met.   I acknowledge the amount of hard work, effort and teams of support that our athletes experienced for them to achieve their aspirations.

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