A dear dear friend of mine who is one of those super human people who can DO ANYTHING and STILL be TOTALLY lovable – always used to say when confronted by a hitch “lets throw money at the problem”.
She’d find it. Raise it. Hurl it. And fix whatever needed to be fixed (state of mind, body, soul, house, car, dog, work, business).
Seems it worked for the Olympics too (wasn’t it so good!!). Check out these figures: We took a humiliating medal count of 15 in Atlanta in 1996 to being on fire with 65 in London (Previous GB medal counts were Sydney 2000 – 28; Athens 2004, 31 and Beijing 2008, 47).
Photo: Charlie Bibby at the FT
How? Because we threw money at the problem. We gave it our attention. We focussed on it. We put energy into our athletes. We gave it our all!
The interesting thing about it is that it’s the same for everything.
Whatever you focus on grows.
Having time/ rushing
Developing/ staying stagnant
Belonging/ Feeling alienated
Moving on/ Staying put
Having courage/ Being afraid
etc etc etc
It’s a really subtle shift from focusing on what you want to leave behind and instead, focusing on what you want. Doesn’t sound like much I know but in actual fact most of us spend time worrying about the bit that’s not working. And so it magnifies.
SO, shift the weight on to the forward foot ( not always easy but mainly because the mind wants to carry on with it’s usual trajectory) . Then throw attention/ cash/ energy /action/thought/ whatever you’ve got at it and ….ka boom.
ps. I promise no more Olympic posts. but HOW GOOD WAS IT! The show, the hospitality, the atmosphere, the performances, the crowd, the beeb, the heart, the sweat, the soul. God we do it well! Hurray GB!