today I want to share with you something that happened to me over the weekend, it’s how I learnt to literally put on a success mindset when I went out cycling.
If you have ever thought to yourself that you can’t do something then this might help you begin to understand why and what you need to do to move towards success.
The Script (not verbatim)
In a nutshell I have been re-learning how to cycle, I started a few years ago but have been taking cycling lessons with my local borough. It had been a few weeks since I had got on a bike and the last time I got on I fell off. Although I recalled this, I didn’t really remember how terrifying it was until I was back on a bike.
It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the sun was shining and I wanted to make the most of the day. Even though I knew I was about to go out cycling, I still decided to put on a loose summer dress and my ballet pumps (I know right?). My idea was to go out cycling then finish up and enjoy the rest of the day, maybe go out for a stroll in a park or where ever life led me.
So in light of this decision I took a nice stroll down to the cycle training. A part of me knew I wasn’t properly dressed but I thought I could get away with it, my priorities weren’t really about the cycling. So I got onto the bike and froze.
I felt so uncomfortable, there were loads of people milling around, strolling, and someone over in front of me having a good old laugh at the shenanigans of us trainee cyclists. The memory of what happened when I fell off the bike washed over me and I thought to myself – “I can’t do this” – I felt so vulnerable.
I made the decision to walk back home and change into something more appropriate. On my way back I gave myself a good old pep talk, telling myself how I could do this and all the reasons why I could do it. By the time I reached the instructor he could see the difference on the outside and the inside. I put on my helmet, high viz jacket, got on the bike and pushed off, no thinking, no procrastination, no excuses – just did it.
My instructor was shocked. That was the quickest turnaround that he had ever seen – literally how a change in clothes was the catalyst for success. His words to me where that the lady he had seen before hadn’t been dressed for success, she had been dressed for a lovely stroll in the park whereas this lady meant business.
It showed me how:
- the decisions we make about what we wear highlight what is going on in our mind
- what we wear can impact our ability to succeed in a particular goal
What do you think? Do you put on the success mindset or do you jeapordise your chances of success even before you leave the house?Do you put on the success mindset or do you jeapordise yourself even before you leave the house? Click To Tweet