written by Erica Quam
It's about that time. You have another amazing year ahead of you...filled with possibilities. What will happen this season - in your life and in the lives of your athletes? Let's bring this vision to life!
The first step may be obvious...AND a lot of people don't even allow themselves the opportunity to dream.
1. To make it happen, you have to start with a vision
What stops us from dreaming? Usually it's a combination of worries, fears, and excuses. We worry that we'll fall short or make mistakes and not be able to accomplish what we say that we want. We get scared that we're asking for too much or we don't deserve success, happiness, and joy. We make all kinds of excuses - like not having the time or money to do the things we want to do.
Imagine yourself one year from now. What do you want this year? What do you hope to accomplish? What do you want to bring more of - into your life and the lives of your athletes.
Take a little time before the season starts to answer these questions. Write your answers down. Write whatever comes into your head, or divide it up into different areas of your life that are important to you: team, career, your health & well-being, friends & family, spirituality.
2. Next, take one step forward
To bring those dreams to life, you need to get clear on your very next step. Don't obsess, don't overthink, and don't try to control everything. Trying to figure out how to get to the end result usually gets in our way.
Figure out one thing you can take action on to bring you a little closer towards that vision - in each area. That's it. It's simple...yet it's not easy.
3. Practice saying no
Lots of things come up that distract us. Plenty of things come up that we could say yes to. If they aren't aligned with our vision, then we have to get better at saying no.
We say yes because we don't want to disappoint people. Then, we get overcommitted. Keep your vision in mind and be clear on the boundaries you need to set - in your personal and professional life - to stay on track.
Stay focused on your vision, keep taking that very next step forward, and saying no to things that aren't congruent. If you get stuck, if you veer off the path for a while, I believe you can get back on track. I'm here cheering you on! I can't wait to see what happens for you this year!
Share one part of your vision with us in the comments below. I'd love to hear what's in store for you this season!