Lessons from the Tight Rope

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I have been learning how to walk on the tight rope over the past few weeks and have found the lessons learned can be applied to marketing or to any venture.

When I started, I raced across the rope (or raced to my fall) thinking I was invincible.

Then I got humbled and frustrated by those who were amazing on the beam.

Last night, I finally had a breakthrough. Somebody who was a few steps ahead of me gently suggested, I just get my balance first.

I wobbled for a few second, fell off a few times and then had that moment of stability.



Now, I still fall off, almost every time, but that moment of stability, when I know I can do this is with me forever.

In marketing, that moment was when I got my first sale. Even though, everything I touch now does not turn to gold, I still have that victory and feeling forever.

What was your first moment of stability or breakthrough moment?

Justin
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  • Profile picture of the author RogozRazvan
    Interesting approach and set of thoughts.

    I don't personally believe that a moment of victory provides stability (we are not our victories nor our defeats) but I do agree that a win forms belief and faith in our abilities.

    As NH put it ...
    "This is the equivalent of saying that any impulse of thought which is repeatedly passed on to the subconscious mind is, finally, accepted and acted upon by the subconscious mind, which proceeds to translate that impulse into its physical equivalent, by the most practical procedure available”.

    I think that type of balance comes more from winning again and again and proving to ourselves that we can do it than in a single element. It is like riding a bike. Once you know that you won't fall, you'll be able to do it without any problem.

    For example, a good example of stability element is the fact that sales are mostly a number game.

    If you contact 100 people and 1 buys, then you will convert 1 in 100 people. Improve your pitch and it may get to 1 in 50 or 1 in 25. This single element tells me that if I contact more people and I'll keep doing the same thing as before, I'll eventually make sales.
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    • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
      When I made my first sale over $100, it was an amazing feeling. After that I knew that I could make a consistent income online as long as I was willing to work hard on a consistent basis.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dain Supero
      Originally Posted by RogozRazvan View Post

      Interesting approach and set of thoughts.

      I don't personally believe that a moment of victory provides stability (we are not our victories nor our defeats) but I do agree that a win forms belief and faith in our abilities.

      As NH put it ...
      "This is the equivalent of saying that any impulse of thought which is repeatedly passed on to the subconscious mind is, finally, accepted and acted upon by the subconscious mind, which proceeds to translate that impulse into its physical equivalent, by the most practical procedure available”.

      I think that type of balance comes more from winning again and again and proving to ourselves that we can do it than in a single element. It is like riding a bike. Once you know that you won't fall, you'll be able to do it without any problem.

      For example, a good example of stability element is the fact that sales are mostly a number game.

      If you contact 100 people and 1 buys, then you will convert 1 in 100 people. Improve your pitch and it may get to 1 in 50 or 1 in 25. This single element tells me that if I contact more people and I'll keep doing the same thing as before, I'll eventually make sales.
      I believe the author was referring to stability not in the literal, long-term sense you are thinking.

      A moment of stability or a moment of triumph amid a sea of uncertainty or setback is in fact one of the most powerful ways to build self-confidence and rise to greater heights. Confidence comes from competence, which as you wrote is optimized with repetitive success; that does not, however, negate or lower the value of small breakthrough moments like stability on a tight-rope or that first sale or that first victory.

      The rational knowledge of triumph combined with the immensely powerful emotional memory of that briefest of moments lives on forever. As NH says, belief PLUS emotionally charged desire is the key.

      We can learn to ride bikes effortlessly. We do not often recall our effortless bike riding.

      We always recall our breakthrough moments.


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  • Profile picture of the author RogozRazvan
    Yes but this leads to the simple truth of ...

    There is nothing more intoxicating than victory, and nothing more dangerous.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dain Supero
      Originally Posted by RogozRazvan View Post

      Yes but this leads to the simple truth of ...

      There is nothing more intoxicating than victory, and nothing more dangerous.
      No, sir, that is an opinion, and a simple one at that, quite far from the truth.

      The truth is that victory or defeat or anything else in life can be received humbly and graciously and with class, or it can be viewed as some intoxicant that should inflate your ego and lead you down the path of ruin.

      It's not what happens that matters. It's how we perceive it.

      Widen your thinking, my friend.

      May the Force guide you.
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