Assume Success

12/05/2011 01:17

When you are about to embark on a brand new task, do you "assume success" or can you "assume failure"?

I was recently using the services of my friend Mike to help you him devise an agenda to build his film and TV music composing business ( Getting into the huge entertainment field can seem to be like a daunting task, specifically when you don't live in Are generally. We came up with an agenda where he would do certain things: 1) Call every local advertising agency to check out writing music for commercial spots and a pair of) email a list of top composers who were actively working in the and ask for their information on how to "break-in". The plan was simple, but had the possibility to lead to excellent achievements.

What is amazing is one to two months went by and nothing had gotten done. Within my weekly meetings with Mike we experimented with figure out why he was procrastinating. Amongst two of these meetings, I happened to re-read David Schwartz's book, "The Magic of Thinking Big!" It's considered a classic are employed the self-improvement field, and, unsurprisingly, the point of the book is basically that you must "think big." In by using to our situation, I interpreted this as "assuming success."

At our next meeting we remarked that while there were many logical reasons for the procrastination, underneath it all was be simple belief that the plan probably wouldn't work. It was evident from comments such as, "do you really think these composers will email me back?" and "if the ad agencies all say 'no' then what is going to I do?"

This was classic small thinking and "assuming failure." We were able to refocus on thinking big, so we also started with little steps just to get going. On the first day, he just emailed three composers and called three ad agencies. The outcomes were amazing! With the three ad agencies, one asked him to transmit in his demo in order that they could review it. With the three composers, two emailed him back that day and that they would be content to chat and give him top tips.

Two weeks later he previously had sent information to ad agencies together phone conversations with eight working television and movie composers (including composers who handled "Charmed," "Yu-gi-oh!" "Battlestar Galactica," plus the upcoming Transformers movie)! A much more amazing result is those of the eight composers he spoke to, four told him to transmit them his demo in order that they could offer feedback to him and keep it on hand in case they had a need sometime soon.

Will you get the exact same results? Maybe, not. But the point is thinking small was keeping him paralyzed, but by thinking big he not only took action but additionally started to see real results.

Are there areas and activities within your life that you are assuming failure? Places that you are not even utilizing the first step because you are usually planning very small? Would those areas far superior if you assumed success?

There are some things to keep in mind when you think big and assume success:

The more certain you are of failure, the harder it is - For those who have spent years thinking small if you are bad at something, the idea will be hard to instantly switch your opinions. For example, if you have spent the last 10 years just knowing that you are an awful public speaker, then a few minutes of thinking big won't make all your fear vanish entirely. Work the technique though! If you find yourself saying negative circumstances to yourself, switch immediately to assuming success. Ask, "what if this goes perfectly?" Tell yourself, "I know this audience will relish what I do." May very well not believe it at first, but persevere and you will start to think big.

Don't be stupid - Thinking big and assuming success does not give you "carte blanche" to be stupid. Never give up your job tomorrow without the need of savings by if within a few days you might land a ton of business. Do adequate research and preparation, but keep thinking positive.

One way to prepare is to really think about the worst case scenario and judge whether you can live with it. If you can, then you're ready to take action. If you cannot, then you need to take steps to develop a better worst case scenario (saving more money, studying more, etc). Once you can accept the worst you should still take actions to reduce the probability it occurs, but it's also time for it to think big to get started.

You have no idea in advance - If you have one failing we as a species have it's that people assume that we can read each others' minds. We might not know anything regarding a person, but we'll still be 100% sure that they'll need no interest in speaking with us. If someone doesn't return our calls then we know it is that they don't like us (not simply because have been too busy or it slipped their mind).

You don't know whether you will succeed or fail earlier. Amazingly, when we have no idea of, most of us assume negative. That may be, when we are uncertain about whether something will work or not, we assume it certainly can't. This assumption grows stronger the more important the thing is to us. Bear in mind, you can not predict the near future and you can not read other people's minds. You only uncover after trying. By thinking big, no less than you take the needed actions to understand.

Big thought, little steps - Thinking big is hard, especially at first, because doing so may seem overwhelming. The important thing to making this work is usually to think big, but take small steps. Assume success, don't short produce positive changes to dreams, but when you look at what you need to do how to make that dream a real possibility, break the dream as a result of a small enough step which you feel comfortable taking the action. And, when you take the action, assume you will be successful!

I encourage anyone to try this. For the next week, find one task that you have been procrastinating or are nervous about simply because you are assuming failure. Have a few minutes and shift yourself to big thinking. Ask, "what would happen if this went super well?" and tell yourself, "this is going to work great." Observe how that changes your anxiety, and, if you feel up correctly, take some action.

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This might lead to some "big" results...