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Today’s is my daughter’s 3rd birthday. Got to love those milestones-they sure make you stop and take stock of where you are and how far you have come. Funny thing about that is that as a result of this reflection, I also find myself thinking about all that I want to experience with her in the year to come.

That’s right folks, stopping and checking in with where you are at and how far you’ve come can be a great catalyst for motivation. Think about it-when you take a trip down memory lane it gets your brain experiencing a ton of performance-enhancing emotions:

Confidence: Looking back over past accomplishments reminds your brain of all that you are capable of. Reflecting on your victories acts as a wonderful building block for future accomplishments.

Motivation: Seeing how far you’ve come and all that you’ve accomplished is fuel in your motivational gas tank, making you want to experience more accomplishments. Remember, the brain migrates towards pleasure and payoff.

Gratitude: Reflecting on all that you have experienced so far, one can’t help but feel quite grateful and appreciative. I’ve said it before, but I will say it again-the attitude of gratitude is the quickest route to happiness and we all know a happy state is a high-performance state.

Focus: With a renewed sense of confidence, motivation and gratitude, I am focused and intentional about what needs to happen to make my goals a reality. Regenerating my focused-intention literally programs my subconscious mind to notice opportunities to make my goals happen. Got to love it when your performance outcomes are supported by your autopilot decision-making!

I still remember the day I met my precious little Brooklyn-Hope on October ‘2nd, 2011. I looked into her eyes for the first time and was filled with a sense of purpose and drive. I knew immediately there was nothing I wouldn’t do to help her self-actualize on her potential.

Don’t wait for the next milestone. If there is something out there that you desire as much as I did that fateful day 3 years ago, I strongly recommend that you stop and take stock today. It is just another power-packed performance-enhancing strategy to support you in actualizing on your highest potential.

Until next time, make every performance count!

-Coach Susan

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