With permission, I’m posting this great article from Robin Sieger. Like me, he skydives and relates his story back to lessons in Law of Attraction. Enjoy!
One of the things I do that surprises everyone is skydiving! I’m one of those people who strap some material to his back, go up to twelve and a half thousand feet in an airplane, and then jumps out! Are you?
Skydiving is one of my hobbies. It’s a sport that only makes the headlines when someone tragically dies. There is a huge range of people from many different backgrounds who share the desire to experience human flight. Skydiving is a high-risk sport. The consequences of things going wrong can result in serious injury or death.
If I miss a putt at golf, the worst that can happen to me is I have to pay my opponent. If I make a mistake in skydiving, the consequences are much more serious!
But all skydivers focus on the positive. They’re aware of the possibility of what might happen, but don’t dwell on it.
All the skydivers I know are a very safety conscious (me included). Because they’re aware of the risks, they maintain their equipment, practice emergency procedures before every jump, and plan the dive and dive the plan. Everything they do is designed to eliminate unnecessary risk. As a result of their preparation, they can enjoy the experience.
When I tell people I skydive, they either tell me it is something they would love to do, or something they would never do. They often tell me about an accident they read about, or ask if I have ever had my parachute not open. Their response more often than not relates to the fear aspect of skydiving, which every skydiver has experienced, but learned to manage and overcome, yet not ignore.
When people ask me about skydiving, they never ask me about the exhilaration of the experience. They always ask me if I’m scared. They concentrate on all of the negative things that might happen, rather than the positive things.
Now as it happens I did have one very bad experience and it had an affect on me. I went through a period after a bad jump where, despite the fact that I had jumped from a plane more than 140 times and nothing had happened, all I could think about was this one bad experience. All I could do was think about the dangers. (The fact that I had over 140+ jumps at the time didn’t seem to comfort me, and I ignored the evidence and concentrated my thoughts on the bad jump.)
The more I thought about it, the more scared I became about the next jump until I realized what was happening. I finally got a grip on my negative thinking and focussed on the positive. And two days later I went back up and jumped again with strong positive images and thoughts.
The history of self-help and personal development has one guiding principle above all others: You create negative outcomes though negative thinking just as you create positive outcomes through the use of positive thinking.
Above all, it is the powerful outcomes that you create through the use of positive thinking. To overcome your fears, you must stop feeding them. You must grow your confidence and courage and build it in the process.
For me, it’s perfectly summed up in the this story: The young Indian said to his father who was the chief of the tribe “In my heart are two wolves fighting for control. Which one will win?” His father replied, “Son, the one you feed the most”.
Focus on the positive!
Robin Sieger, from Scotland, now divides his time between between Europe and America. He is a successful businessman, best selling author, and broadcaster with offices in the UK and Charlotte, NC. He is a leading success strategist and has a world-class reputation as a conference speaker who passionately delivers high-impact presentations that are informative, inspiring, and entertaining. Robin’s humor and ability to emotionally connect with audiences has seen him become the first choice speaker at major conferences around the world. For more information visit www.siegerinternational.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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