Inch By Inch Is A Cinch, Yard By Yard Is Hard With Jamie Milne

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When you see someone who is successful, what goes through your head? Do you think, “Aww, I could never do that”, or do you put their success down to natural skill or being in the right place, at the right time? Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to finding success. It takes hard work, tenacity and motivation. But, the recipe for success comes down to one major factor: Your mindset. If anyone knows this, it’s Jamie Milne, a multiple World Record holder, ultra marathon runner, gym trainer on the Sunshine Coast and expert on the psychology of positivity. In our chat on the It’s More Than Money podcast, we discussed the significance of first investing in one’s personal development before attempting anything else.


Everything in Perspective

The first thing to consider is perspective. Take a step back and evaluate your point of view of yourself and how you view the world. It’s a big deal, and it’s crucial. Your self-image is shaped by how you perceive yourself, and, in turn, the world sees your self-assurance or lack thereof. In our chat, Jamie discussed the connection between your self-image and confidence. Your self-image will suffer if you have a negative self-perception. How can anyone believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself? Once you believe in yourself, you’ll project confidence and find yourself moving towards your goal even easier. For example, if you require financial backing to start a business, do you think investors would be interested if you aren’t confident in your offer? Definitely not! So, as you can see, self-esteem and self-confidence play a role in not only business and the workplace but even when it comes to your personal life, fitness and hobbies.


Ditch The Negative Self-Talk

Something that Jamie has experienced in himself and the individuals he’s coached is having a negative view of themselves. As Jamie says, you don’t have to be ‘the best’; you just have to be ‘your best’. We all have flaws, and we’re not going to be perfect all the time, but we need to take active steps to avoid doubt or focusing too strongly on our mistakes. Going back to his first point, it’s critical to have self-confidence. Jamie also mentioned his favourite re-take of the classic saying “You are what you eat”, instead changing this to “You are what you think”. To succeed in any field, you must have self-awareness and build up your confidence by limiting the “Ha! I can’t do that!” talk. Work on gaining first-hand knowledge and experience to work your way up to more significant feats. Success comes from the mistakes we make along the way and applying what we’ve learned from them.


Start Small

It’s also important to note that we don’t always see the hardships that a successful person has had to overcome. Their success inspires us, and we want to emulate it as soon as possible. Jamie lives by the quote, “Inch by inch, is a cinch, yard by yard, is hard.” This means that life is much easier if you take it slowly and methodically. It becomes tougher if you bite off more than you can chew and become overwhelmed with the task at hand. We tend to overlook the tiniest details, preferring to focus on the larger picture. Because we don’t want to do it little by little, we don’t want to do it inch by inch; that is where people go wrong in all types of journeys. It makes it more difficult for us to achieve our goals, but remember that even the tiniest improvements can add up to significant changes in the long run.


Developing a positive attitude and altering your behaviour takes time and effort. It will take perseverance before you see the results; you just have to keep focused on the idea that you can change it inch by inch. You must have faith in your abilities to effect change and revise your outlook on life to help you build a positive self-image and boost your self-confidence. For more on our discussion with Jamie Milne on the It’s More Than Money podcast, listen to the whole episode here.

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