Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, once said:
Argue for your limitations and sure enough they are yours.
On one level this clearly makes intuitive sense to me because I’ve seen many instances as a teacher and coach where people literally did not believe that “We are all better than we know” (Kurt Hahn’s words, the Outward Bound co-founder.)
And then proceeded to perform according to their beliefs.
Well, this stuff can come back to bite you on the ass. Read on and see what you think.
I finally did it! After a couple of failed attempts last year, I took another two cracks just before Xmas at breaking 7 minutes for running the mile circuit in my local park. (My daughter was both timekeeper and tyrant cheerleader!)
Attempt #1: 7 minutes and 5 seconds (1st lap too slow)
Attempt #2: 6 minutes and 59 seconds.
Wowee! Was I pleased or what. Even though this time the 1st lap was run too fast and I was really hurting on lap 4, I’d broken my PB (personal best).
So, it came as something of a shock when I re-read this blog post from Friday, 27 December 2007.
Note these words in particular:
So, 6 minutes and 59 seconds would be enough.
Yep, 100% right on target 🙂
And I didn’t read those posts again until just a few days ago, as part of my yearly goals review.
Are words slowing YOU down?