This morning I watched the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team score in the 2 minute ‘stoppage time” to win the Bronze medal for Women’s Soccer at the 2012 Olympics.  It was quite a feat, when you consider that just a year ago at the FIFA World Cup Championships they had lost every game they played and finished last, in-spite of going in ranked 6th in the world.!  That would have been a huge disappointment for them.  Yet it didn’t end their dream.  They vowed to never feel that way again.

They went to the Olympics with the intention of winning a medal and being on the podium and it’s somewhat ironic that they did it by beating the team that defeated them 4-0 in last year’s World Cup.   In doing so they showed they had developed the mental toughness, the mindset, to deal with adversity and maintain their focus on their goal.  They never lost faith in themselves and persevered, overcoming numerous obstacles and hardships.  They admit their Coach, John Herdman, played a big part in their rebirth as a winning team.  Defender/midfielder Carmelina Moscato cited Herdman’s instillation of the belief that Canada can compete with anyone, saying “It’s a mindset shift more than anything.”  Make no mistake, there is a massive mindset shift here and more than Moscato have commented on it.

So do you have what it takes to claim a podium position in your life?

Do you have a Big Dream that leads you on and keeps you going when things look bleak?

Do you have an unwavering faith in your own abilities?

Do you deep down believe in yourself even when others are expressing doubts?

Are you willing to persevere and do what ever it takes to turn your Big Dream into reality?

And finally, the ‘Grandmother’ of them all, do you have the mindset of a winner?

All of these factors play a huge role in helping you get results.  But if you find yourself currently  ‘off the podium’  it doesn’t mean you can’t get there in the future.  You just need a plan to start you moving in that direction.  A good place to start is with these three simple steps.


1.  Identify what it is you really want – what you would like to be different in your life, what would make you feel like you’ve really accomplished something.  Do you want to excel at your job or maybe be the ‘go-to mom’ for your kids and their friends when they want ideas for what to do?  Do you want to get in shape and complete a marathon, or maybe hike the  Camino de Santiago in Spain?  Or maybe you just want to create a beautiful quilt for your friend.  It doesn’t have to be an earth shattering out of this world goal, just something that is important to you and would give you deep satisfaction once accomplished – like a Gold Medal represents to an athlete that has dedicated a major portion of their life preparing and honing their abilities.

2.  Take stock of your current abilities and resources and determine what gaps exist.  In business they often carry out a “SWOT Analysis” before a new undertaking where they identify Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.  You can carry out a personal “SLOT Analysis” where you identify your Strengths and Limitations with respect to your goal, as well as the Opportunities and Threats to/for accomplishing it.  After all it’s much easier to move forward once you understand where you are and what you’re facing.

3.  With the information you’ve collected on Step 2 above, design a Plan that will make use of your Strengths, help you deal with your Limitations, take advantage of available Opportunities and circumvent any Threats to your success.  A well thought out plan is crucial to your ultimate success, just ask any athlete who is dedicated to achieving excellence in his/her sport and I’m sure they can outline their plan for success.


Take action on these 3 simple steps and you will on your way to the ‘podium’, whatever that will be for your chosen goal.  And if you feel stuck, or are starting to doubt yourself and your abilities to achieve your Dream, you can always do something else the team did, you can get support from someone who can help.  It could be a friend, a mentor or even a coach, someone who can step back and provide arms length insights that can guide you and help you deal with all the ups and downs that come with perusing a Dream, especially with all the mindset stuff that can make or break you.

If you’d like to find out more about how a coach can help you accomplish more in less time please contact me through the form on the right of this page, the Form on my Contact page, or use the on-line scheduler (Tungleme) link located at the bottom right of this page.  I’d love to help you determine the best way to move forward, whether it would be working with me or someone else, or even by providing the gentle nudge you need to do it on your own.


So, until next time, keep thriving :-)

Karen Switzer-Howse

Canada’s Premier Thrive Synergy Strategist


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