There’s a little known back story to how the USA won the “race to the moon” and it’s a really great metaphor for how to achieve VICTORY in business and in LIFE.
During the “Space Race,” the Russians were absolutely DEAD SET AGAINST sending people to the moon without a FOR CERTAIN, FOOLPROOF, 100% way of getting them back home.
The Russians KNEW they could LAND on the moon. That wasn’t the issue. The issue was what would happen if and when they tried to LAUNCH BACK INTO SPACE from the moon’s surface.They didn’t know exactly what the moon’s surface was going to behave like. And they REALLY didn’t want their astronauts to get STUCK there. They had so many OPEN QUESTIONS.
In other words, THE RUSSIANS WERE SUFFERING FROM A REAL CASE OF ANALYSIS PARALYSIS because they were SO focused on their FEAR of not being able to bring their astronauts home.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, the Americans also KNEW they could LAND on the moon. Like the Russians, the Americans didn’t know 100% what would happen if and when they tried to LAUNCH BACK INTO SPACE from the moon’s surface. But, they were PRETTY sure they’d be able to take off again.
Not absolutely sure — just PRETTY sure.
BUT…unlike the Russians, (who continued to be paralyzed by their constant focus on what could go wrong), the Americans made a DECISION:
“Alright. Screw it. Let’s GO.”
The Americans blasted that rocket ship into space and trusted their instincts and their problem solving skills to not only LAND on the moon, but LAUNCH from the surface of the moon and BRING THEIR ASTRONAUTS BACK HOME.
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To me, this moon mission story is such a POWERFUL METAPHOR for what BIG SUCCESS as a POWERFUL, HIGH-IMPACT HEALER REQUIRES.
(1) You see your target (in this case the MOON for crying out loud).
(2) You figure out a reasonable enough plan to get there.
(3) You assess and make sure you do what you can to minimize the risks.
(4) And then you just GO FOR IT.
Yet, so many people just freeze up and get stuck on #3...JUST LIKE THE RUSSIANS.
They get stuck in ANALYZING their options, REPLAYING all the WORST-CASE SCENARIOS over-and-over in their mind, and getting down on themselves as they watch everyone else PASS THEM BY.
So, how do you beat those NEGATIVE VOICES and move forward to become the POWERFUL HEALER you were created to be?
Well, the next time you get stuck in ANALYSIS PARALYSIS, (and we all do), I want you to imagine your WORST-WORST-WORST-CASE-SCENARIO if your business growth plans don’t work out…
Name it. Claim it. Heck, you may even want to write it down.
And then boldly declare to yourself,
“Sorry. I don’t care what you think. It’s NOT THAT SERIOUS.”
Say it over…AND OVER. If you wrote something down, RIP IT UP.
And remind yourself that starting a business is no-where close to GOING TO THE MOON!!!
Close your eyes. Release the fear. Release the anxiety. Release all the “what-ifs” and all the “what could go wrongs…”
AND JUST GO FOR IT.
There — feel better?
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