When I deliver one of my popular Corporate Action Hero speeches, there is one powerful moment that is sometimes lost on the audience. In the program I bring someone up from the audience and teach them to crack a whip. I do so through effective communication skills, creating a positive environment, and alleviating fear, but it is the second skill they demonstrate that amazes the audience. Having never cracked a whip before they actually crack a target out of my hand.
I have them do this to demonstrate how what they believe about their present moment affects the outcome. I say to them,” So..You have already cracked the whip ,so you know how to do that, now all I want you to do is look right here.” and I point at the center of the target. “look right here and forget about cracking the whip. Just point it right here.” and they crack the whip and usually they hit it on the first try.
What has happened is, we shifted them from the process of learning the skill to the belief that they already have the skill. Our present moment belief is the impetus for creating a successful outcome. Buddha said,” What you think you become. You create your world.” and Jesus said,” whatever you ask you will receive if you have faith.” In this latter statement, the word “faith” is belief in a successful result. By shifting your belief about your present moment, you are able to attain peak performance. When you interview top earners, you very quickly discover that they are very confident in the successful outcome of their goals.
I often say that successful outcomes are the result of the culmination of a string of successful present moments. Often times it is hard to view the the successful attainment of the larger picture. You can, however, believe with confident faith that a smaller outcome is possible. By holding on the the larger vision and then breaking the steps into smaller milestones that you know you can achieve, the successful outcome is assured.
At the end of my presentation, I tell the audience that once they have achieved a goal the first time, the second time is easier. Once you have gained the belief that you do achieve your goals, then the attainment of a big goal is really no big deal. I demonstrate this with a unique fancy whip cracking routine. I never would have been able to achieve the skill of the routine without first cracking the whip the first time. After I cracked it for the first time, all the other “cracks” I learned came easier and faster because I knew I could.
What you believe you will achieve.