Recently I was watching for the third or fourth time a favourite movie of mine, Hidden Figures. Chances are you’re familiar with it or have even seen it. For anyone who has not, it’s based on the true story of three black female mathematicians who are part of the NASA Space program in the mid-1950’s to 1960’s.
In one scene early into the movie, the Head of the Space Program, Al Harrison (played by Kevin Costner) asks analytical geometry mathematician Katherine Goble (played by Taraji P Henson) if she knows what they are doing there (at NASA). She responds with ‘trying to put a man on the moon’, to which Al responds, “That’s right, but in my mind, we’re already there.”
I love the latter part of that line. “In my mind I’m already there.”
For some reason, that sentence really resonated with me. In fact, so much so that it’s kind of become my manta for my business and personal goals. For me, it’s become a game changer in how I conduct myself throughout the days and weeks.
Allow me to explain.
You see, I’m always focused on the end game, but my days tended to have an undertone of ‘hurry up and get this task done Pam so you can move onto the next thing’. I always felt like to a certain degree I was always rushing because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t achieve my goals and of course there were always several goals on the list to get to.
Now when I start my day with the mantra, I’m already there, the sense of dire urgency isn’t there anymore. This is because now in my mind, I’ve achieved the goal and therefore the activities of the day are no longer under duress and I can simply enjoy the task that I’m doing.
Looking through the lens of ‘I’m already there’ has removed the pressure that I once put upon myself.
Now, when I jump on the bathroom scale and the needle has only moved a little bit in the right direction, I don’t freak out because in my mind I’ve already achieved my optimal goal weight (and damn girl……I look good!!!!!).
When I don’t get to cross off as many activities for one particular goal, I’m okay because in my mind I’m already enjoying the success and the fruits of my labour right now.
Life is so much easier when you already see and feel your future successes.
So, where in your personal and professional life, are you already there?
Pamela Wigglesworth CSP, is an International Speaker, Marketing consultant and CEO of Experiential Hands-on Learning. She is a 50-60 Something entrepreneur who consults and trains individuals and organizations, so they can effectively communicate the value of their products and services to generate greater awareness, increase their leads and ultimately increase their sales. She is the author of The 50-60 Something Start-up Entrepreneur: How to Quickly Start and Run a Successful Small Business.