Choose to achieve

What are your aspirations? What do you yearn to achieve?

Is it Fame? Fortune? Power? Confidence? Enlightenment? A great body? Athletic performance? Hell, it could even be to walk on the moon?!....

This week’s Ted talk is that of Colin O’Brady. In this epic Talk, Colin explains his journey back from a devastating burn accident only to ascend to the 7 tallest mountains and two poles on earth - in world record time. He became the fastest person ever to complete both the Seven Summits (climbing the highest peak on every continent) and the Explorers Grand Slam (the Seven Summits + skiing to the last degree of the North and South Poles). He completed the challenges in 131 and 139 days, respectively. When you listen to his talk you will realise that every possible one of the odds was against him ever walking again never mind completing such a physically gruelling challenge.

How did Colin accomplish such a feat? He got off his ass and chased his goals, unrelentingly. Little by little, step by step, day by day. On the very first day of his journey he picked himself up out of his wheelchair and took just one step. He then repeated this process over and over, taking an extra step or two every time. In time he could walk, then he could jog, after that he could run and before he knew it he was climbing the mountains that would take him to his goal.

This is how progress is made and this is how goals are achieved, little by little, step by step, layering one skill on top of another.


How does this relate to you? 

To quote Colin directly from his Ted talk 

“Maybe right now you’re struggling in your own day to day life, feeling overwhelmed, like it’s just too much; or maybe you have a great idea for a business you want to start or an innovation at your current job but people keep telling you it’s not possible; or maybe you’ve been badly injured in an accident and you’re not sure that you can recover from it. You see tragedy and other great obstacles befall all of us and in these moments our minds are flooded with doubt. We ask ourselves questions like “should I give up?” “Is this even possible?” or “why me?” leading us to a negative mind set; BUT we don’t have to stay there. The only question that we have when facing great obstacles is “How will you respond?” You have a choice and when you shift your mind set towards the positive you will quickly realise that there is a reservoir of untapped potential waiting to be released BY YOU. “

So, what Colin is really saying here is that the power to make a change to your life is solely in your hands. You have the choice to shift your mind set away from the negative and towards the positive. When you do this you will begin to take those daily steps towards your goals, your dreams and your aspirations. You will begin to build your path to life you want to lead. All you have to do is make that choice. 

“Achievement is not for the select few. Achievement is simply for those who never quit. It is for those who set goals. It is for those who put the most steps in front of the other. Achievement is for those that can overcome the greatest obstacle of all, their mind.”

Colin O’Brady