Erica Dahlberg is the manager for the Software and Electronics department in Linköping and Norrköping, in Sweden. She has really enjoyed working there, every day of the week
She has a very uncommon hobby. She is a baton twirling judge. The baton twirling sport is a mix of dance and gymnastics where the baton is your tool. You toss it, twirl it and roll it in an infinite number of ways. What she has learned from this sport is that you have to prepare mentally for each competition. No situation is like the other.
“The mental preparation is often carried out while lying down on the floor with your eyes closed. You listen to the piece of music that your routine is accompanied with and you see yourself perform perfectly in your mind. The beauty of this mental practice is that your brain will actually send the same signals to your body and muscles as if you were performing. Your brain cannot differentiate between a perfect event on the competition floor and the same event in your imagination. So when you are performing your routine at a competition, you will feel that this has been done before, many times, at this very event.”- She speaks.
What does this teach us? Everything is created twice. First you can create it in your mind and after a lot of thinking you will implement the thought in real life.
Think about that for a second. If you cannot imagine yourself to succeed with a difficult task, you will most probably not be able to. On the other hand there are many things that you can imagine yourself executing perfectly which can be the beginning of a new skill.
I like this thought that it all starts in your head. The possibility is there and the more you dream and wish for, the more goals you believe in, the more you can expect will happen in your near future. It is very motivating to understand that you have already done part of the job while imagining the future in your mind.
You have probably heard the old saying “Be careful what you wish for, it might just come true”. It’s a good start to be able to wish, dream and create plans. There are no limits in your mind. You can become exactly what you want. And I really wish you all do, as this is the first step towards reaching it. The next step is to create a ladder to climb, with different milestones along its way. When you see the ladder clearly, the most difficult part has been achieved. You can just climb and the climbing is made easy when you have the ladder.
Some people think of work as if they are lifting heavy stones the whole day long. Others see that we are building a cathedral. Can you see your work cathedral? Are the unfinished parts clear in your mind? Can you see the spire at the top? Do the windows glow in all different colors? Take a moment every now and then and dream. This is the beginning. There is no end.