The ability to be succeed in any area of life is like running a race.

Let’s talk success enablers first…


Know the prize

Before you even start thinking about winning, you need to decide which race you’re going to run and what the prize is for that race. When tackling a big dream you need to first understand what success looks like for you. Is it a gold medal at the end of the race, is it a positive experience, is it a set up for your next goal? Understanding your long term vision and goals, sets up a clear path and course of action that will help you make headway when it comes to running your race and tackling that big dream.


Watch your training patterns

You can’t win a race that you don’t train for. The outcome on race day is 50% preparation and training and 50% execution on the day. that means that both training and outcome are equally weighted and equally important. What are you doing in order to prepare yourself for a win? What are the steps that you are taking to ensure that you are setting up your wins? Your training should include small goals that will stretch and grow you on the way to race day. Prior to starting big dream put in place some active growth goals for yourself. Give yourself that clarity of direction. Remember that getting from A to B is a process, so take your time, invest into some personal development to properly set yourself up for a win when tacking that next big dream.


Have a stellar support crew

Winning wouldn’t be as fun if you don’t have a team to celebrate it with. Surround yourself with people that will grow and support you and your big dream. Have people that you can learn from, people that will be there on the nights that it gets too much and the ones that have your best in mind. Have people that will be honest with you and keep you grounded even after you succeed. Surround yourself with forward thinkers and likeminded people who will make it their mission to see you reach and exceed your potential. Be coachable. Be supportable. Be willing to be challenged by others. Greatness won’t be reached alone.


Now, we all know succeeding in life is not a linear process, so what are some success killers to watch out for?


Comparison kills success

The biggest success killer is comparison. Picture this, you are in your lane running, with your opponents a step behind you. Nothing is going to slow you down more than you turning to look at where your opponent is. Keep your eyes on the finish line and run in your own lane, against yourself. Don’t compare your position today to someone else’s, because that will not determine your tomorrow. Instead focus on your big dreams and the steps that you have put in place in order to achieve it. You are your only opponent.


Signing up for the wrong race

Set yourself up for a win. Sign up to the right race. Set achievable and realistic goals. Know your strengths and weakness and sign up to a race that you have shot of winning. Ensure that you are optimising your strengths and talents, and training your weaknesses. When dreaming big, understand what your strengths are that will see that dream come to pass, and understand what your limitations are so that you can work on them.  Optimise your strengths and train your weaknesses, cater them for the race you are running.


Dreaming too small

There’s no satisfaction in winning a race that is too easy. The win of one race should be the set up or the bench mark of the next. Go from strength to strength. If your ‘big’ dream is achievable without challenging or growing you then chances are it’s not big enough. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf put it this way:

“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”

Work towards a dream that is going to be demanding of your ability to be challenged. One that is going to require resilience and tenacity. Those are the most satisfying kind of wins!


So, what is the key to success?

Run in your own lane, against yourself with your attention fixed on the finish line. But ensure that the finish line of one race is the starting line for your next!


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