Imagine how you would feel if you messed up singing the national anthem in front of over 20,000 people in an arena on national TV? Many of us would avert the crises by never putting ourselves in that situation. But, Natalie Gilbert, the winner of a Toyota sponsored contest for an up and coming vocal performer, found out what it is like. She forgot the words, but the very best of human nature came out. Watch what Coach Mo Cheeks, former head coach of the Philadelphia 76rs, did.
Imagine how powerful you can be if you went through life, and your career, with the fundamental belief in the positive nature of people. Most people wish the best of others and will root for their success. Just like for Natalie, the whole arena wanted this risk taking experience to be as positive as possible. Imagine if you were one of the people in the audience that night. Wouldn’t you have wanted to lift Natalie’s spirits during this challenging experience?
Action of the Day: If you knew that everyone you knew would be there to break a fall, help you recover from a failed experience, give you a smile when you felt like crying, what would you consider doing? Visualize yourself doing that risk with all your loved ones, friends, and every acquaintance you know but forget their name, were there to root you on all the way. Feel that warm feeling. Now for the fun part, how can you be that person who helps others rise to the occasion even when they believe they are destined for failure? Find that opportunity to help others, even anonymously. You will find yourself transforming into an even more “giving” person. Giving people are the most successful people in the world.
Quote of the Day: “Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Martin Luther King, Jr.