I am in awe of my 14 year old son and his ability to commit to success. Last weekend was spent at MIT for YMCA’s New England Swimming Championship. The championship event was the culmination of a very long and competitive swim season. John Stephen swam all day Saturday. He had preliminary swims in the morning and returned at night because he had qualified (top 20) in 2 individual events and 2 team relays. He and his team performed well. John Stephen was awarded a medal, coming in 8th for the 100 Backstroke. It was a fantastic end to the season. I feel proud of him. I also feel deeply inspired by his example of how lasting success is created.
Acquiring success is like standing at the podium receiving a medal. However, what allows us to acquire that success is the hours dedicated to and focused on repetitive action. Much like the time John Stephen dedicates in the pool, true success is created with consistent and continuous effort. And, for many of us, that is exactly what makes our desired success elusive. We struggle with success because we struggle with the obligation it requires of us. It is “difficult” for most people to be steadfast with the daily efforts that culminate in great success. We want a quick fix. We get bored and impatient when our efforts don’t pay off quickly, we fall prey to distraction, we want it to be easier. And so, we get resistant.
I assure you, there are definitely days that John Stephen complains about going to practice. He says “it’s boring” and he doesn’t want to go. There is nothing grand about the hours the team spends in the pool. The team goes back and forth for 2 hours practicing their strokes, their dives, their starts. They practice all the components of great racing...but they are not racing. This is a great metaphor for what it takes to create success in your life. Your focus needs to be on the component parts. For those trying to build a business, you are making calls and building relationships. For those who are writing books, you are writing words and editing your work. For those who are losing weight, you are modifying what you eat and exercising regularly. Those who actualize success are those who put their head “down in the pool” and focus on the tasks that lead to success.
To achieve great success is like agreeing to go to swim practice. It is about choosing the actions that move you toward your goal and repeating it again and again. And, like John Stephen shows us, we reach our goals when we choose to overcome the resistance that comes with boredom, frustration, or impatience.
A primary focus of my work is helping individuals (and groups) to overcome the resistance to consistent effort. Every day, I coach clients to become more adept and steady in action, despite their inclination to be doubtful or distracted. Together, we create clear action plans. We discuss the importance of accountability to their action. We use mindful choice making which increases “the buy in” necessary to stay steady and focused. And lastly, I teach EFT Tapping, which is a gift to anyone who would rather experience ease while they achieve versus struggle. EFT Tapping helps to relieve stress in the mind-body system, so it is a perfect resource for helping manifest success.
While every client that works with me has the choice to use or not use EFT Tapping, I can share that those who decide to, find the process of building success easier and much more fun. Because they become relaxed in the face of “what needs to be done”, they enjoy the process of action and welcome the consistency that is needed. EFT opens us to creative solutions we don’t have access to when we’re stressed or resistant. It gives us clarity, leaving room to hear our intuition. It allows us to let go of what others think, enabling us to be more authentic in our relationships (which is great for business development and our home lives!). In short, EFT Tapping along with Success Coaching makes it easier to “just keep swimming”.
Sending best wishes for consistency, action, and success,
Success Coach & EFT Specialist
Thank you, John Stephen...I am so proud of you and grateful for you. You are a true example of steadfast determination. Thank you for inspiring me and teaching me about authentic success every day. I am so happy I get to be your mom. I love you. Xo
Gretchen Driscoll has dedicated the last 20 years to helping hundreds of individuals and corporate clients clarify goals and achieve success.
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