When I was skiing professionally, I knew that standing on the edge of a cliff for longer didn’t make it any safer to drop. In fact, the longer I stood there, the more I built it up in my mind and the harder it became.
Here’s the thing… the cliff was either safe to drop or not. No amount of time standing on the edge changed that.
And this phenomenon isn’t just restricted to extreme sports.
The high diving board, starting a business, beginning an important project, having a meaningful conversation…
No amount of ‘standing on the edge’ will change whether you should or shouldn’t leap.
Do it or don’t do it but get off the edge.
When we want something, we are taught to visualise that thing, to focus on that image, until we have it.
There’s almost never a completely clean run.
Sometimes wonderful things take you by surprise, they open a new door.
Have you ever moved into a new house and seen something that needed fixing and thought “I’ll get on to that soon”?
Humans are tribal.
As humans we have an insatiable desire to explain untoward events so we can get on with solutions.
In any field, most of the rewards go to the top 5% of people.
I say please to Siri.
If a turkey were to assess the state of the world in early December, they would be forgiven for thinking all is well and that the farmer loves them.
We often compare today’s performance relative to yesterdays.