Back in the days when UK radio presenters had to be extremely careful about what they said on air, the story goes that a music show presenter was anxious about his intro to a well-known classical piece – The Flight of the Bumble Bee, by Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov.
The title wasn’t any problem, of course, but try as he might he couldn’t get his tongue round the composer’s name. He practiced and practiced, but he was still quite sure that he was going to make a mess of it, and the night before the show he couldn’t sleep.
At last the moment came, and he took a deep breath and began, “The next piece is by that popular composer, Rimsky-Korsakov…”
”YES!” he thought in triumph. “I’ve done it – I’ve done it! Nothing’s going to go wrong now.”
Then he proudly announced the title as… “The Bum of the Flightle Bee.”
Now, the word “bum” doesn’t have the same meaning in Britain as it has in the US. In the UK it means the equivalent of “a-s” – the part of your anatomy you sit on.
It’s regarded as a very mild word now, but at that time it was apparently quite high up on the list of things you couldn’t say on air. The mistake the presenter had been so afraid of making, a slight mispronunciation of a name in a language the didn’t speak, would have brought him far less hassle from his bosses than the one he actually made.
The point of the story is that what you focus on is what you get.
If you keep thinking hard enough, for long enough, that you’re going to get something horribly wrong, the intensity of your feelings about it will convince your inner mind that that’s the very thing you want to happen… and it will find a way it can achieve it for you.
You can work as hard as you like, try as often as you want, have all the talent in the world, have a mind that’s filled with great ideas you have, and have ambitions that mean more than all the world to you… but if what you’re mainly feeling is the fear of failure, then that’s all you’ll going to get, because your subconscious, inner mind will prompt you to to keep sabotaging every bit of progress so that you can make those pictures in your head come true.
If you want to be successful, then you need to see yourself as totally successful. Feel all the excitement and anticipation of it as if it was already happening right now.
Hold that picture firmly in your mind, as strongly as you can, in every detail – and make sure you thoroughly enjoy it. If there are any details you don’t like, change them for some others you prefer. The more intense your feelings, the faster that picture becomes real.
You still have to do the work for your ambitions – but that feeling will empower you to work much better, and more easily.
What you focus on is what you’ll get… so make quite sure you’re always focused on success.