I am no stranger to the feeling of being stuck in life.
I have trained with some of the best coaches in the world in my 20-year sports career, and again when I competed at the 2008 Olympic Games.
But when I wanted to start my own business, sharing my knowledge of motivational psychology and training with others, it wasn’t as easy as I thought.
Starting a new business is not easy. You have to give up the comfort of a stable salary to plunge into the unknown, an unpredictable abyss. There are many things that prevent us from taking the leap, such as fear and insecurity. And one thing above all: motivation.
When I thought about my years as an athlete, I understood what was different. I remembered what made me push myself even though I didn’t want to. The difference is that as an athlete, I had structured days and a coach to report to. The structure allows us to stay focused and a coach pushes and challenges us.
Fortunately, I took this step and founded Onbotraining, an online coaching service that helps people achieve their goals. I have decided to collect the lessons I have learned along the way and share them with others, like you, who are working to improve.
So here are my 10 best tips for achieving everything you want in life.
1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.
To what extent are you dedicated to your goal? How important is it to you and what are you willing to sacrifice to achieve it? If you feel fully engaged, motivation will follow.
2. Seek knowledge, not results.
If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improvement, exploration and experimentation, your motivation will always be nourished. If you focus solely on results, your motivation will be like the weather – it will die the minute you hit a storm. The key is therefore to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you learn along the way and what you can improve.
3. Make the trip fun.
It’s a great game! As soon as you make him serious, there is a good chance that he will start to carry a heavy emotional load and you will lose perspective and get stuck again.
4. Get rid of stagnant thoughts.
Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you see your work. You have many thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice between those that make you lose your mind (fears, doubts) or those that move you forward (excitement, experimentation, trials, new things, going out of your comfort zone).
5. Use your imagination.
The next step after eliminating negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things are going well, you are full of positive energy, and when you have difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So rename your situation. If you keep repeating that I hate my work, guess what feelings these words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn, even with the worst boss in the world, in the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say only positive things. Look at what’s happening.