94-year-old Harriette Thompson is the oldest woman to complete a half marathon with her 3:42:56 finish at the Rock N’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon last 2017.
94 years old! 94!!!
When most people her age are restricted by aging physical condition, there she was, hitting the street and doing an activity totally unexpected.
We are all capable of more than we give ourselves credit for. We set limits and imagine that many things are too hard, “impossible” or out of our reach.
Then we read a story about an elderly person running their first marathon or climbing a massive mountain which seems beyond any realms of what is considered, “normal.”
For your added reading pleasure and inspiration, I stumbled on this list of the oldest marathon runners.
The truth is you are capable of a lot! YOU are capable of much more.
It takes a few important steps to
start expanding your beliefs and thought patterns to where you can view things differently and see POSSIBILITY instead of hindrance.
Here is a small checklist:
1. Be aware
The first thing is that you need to be aware of the ways you are thinking, as well as your actions and habits.
Being aware is being more mindful of the things that we do, such as spending, and eating. Oh, and monitoring what we say is a very good start!
We do many things unconsciously. Therefore, this act of tuning in to the details of WHAT you do and wanting to know WHY you do them is difficult. I will say that straight away.
However, as positivity goes, I will also say that it is not impossible.
In fact, this has become a wave of behaviour of the recent generation where they realise the power of mindfulness. They are willing to develop habits and reinforce them on a day to day basis. Or if I’m going to be really specific – on a second by second basis.
You may know of people who are into meditation because they have learned by practice that stillness in the body and mind allows them to remove their mental clutter and get clarity when they ask their mind for it.
Everything starts with the thought. Your intention is generated by the processes that your thoughts go through. Which is why if you want to make a change…a really impactful change, start with your thoughts.
You can fine-tune your thoughts when you make the effort to truly be conscious, aware and present at the moment. It is an act of getting to know yourself better.
In the first stages of being interested in a person, you are more likely to focus on small details about that person. Am I right or am I right? LOL!
You know that feeling!
And with that feeling in mind, try to redirect that interest towards yourself.
Get to know yourself.
Waking up and becoming aware is step one. Once we take stock of our thoughts and actions we can then question what is working, and what isn’t?
Secondly, imagine what might be possible.
Then stretch it even bigger!
Every single successful person I know is very good at envisioning. Athletes all “see” themselves winning. I train singers to “see” themselves on the stage with everything working out beautifully.
Do not underestimate this step.
Use mental imagery. When you imagine yourself in a particular situation or performing a specific activity, the neural networks of your brain are activated just the same as if you are doing it in actuality.
And what’s even more amazing is that some research proves that imagining alone can help you get results even without you moving a muscle! So, it is exponentially more powerful if you partner envisioning with habits and practices to usher you to that goal that you’ve always wanted.
Imagine, envision, and see it!
Once you become more developed at this step you will be amazed at what you “see.”
Ah. This is a tough one sometimes. There is no way around this one.
I am sure you have heard the famous quote that Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying:
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
In the end, when it comes down to it, for us to achieve any kind of breakthrough, change is a necessary part of the equation. We often resist it, because we are creatures of habit.
So, knowing that is the case, we need to CREATE new habits!
Then, you can be a creature of your NEW habits.
Do your best to embrace change rather than resist.
No obese person ever became fit and healthy applying the same old destructive ways. Remember that.
These are three clear ways explaining how you can train yourself to shift your thoughts and habits so that you will see more of what you can do. More positivity. More possibilities.
If you would like to continue your journey of transformation and change and learn how to find your voice in any situation, please do contact me and let’s see how we can work together!
My signature course, the You Have A Voice Academy starts in May and it will be absolutely life-changing for you. You can download the full brochure HERE and I warmly invite you to take the next step as a gift to yourself.
Don’t forget, that Song of Your Life Retreat is May 31 – June 3rd and it is the most stunningly beautiful location. It would be my absolute pleasure to host you.
Details are HERE.
And before I wrap this up, I have to mention the LIVE shows on the weekend in Sydney.
James Napier brought the house down along with Lili Gale and Zoe Petersen as the opening act to my show.
I absolutely LOVED watching them with the band and the stage looked like their “home.” How amazing!
Then the following night was three talented fourteen-year-olds as the opening acts. All gifted and natural singers that the audience loved. Fran, Danae, and Billie were simply wonderful! Billie playing the ukulele whilst singing impressed the band too!
There is another live show on August 4th at The Vanguard. Get your tickets HERE.
For whoever can make it and for those of you who are not in the area, do let me know where you are, as we may just come to YOU to do a live show.
Not joking. Serious.
Anything is possible, right?
Always remember, You Have A Voice!
Love, Simone xx
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