This series brings to you the most thought-provoking excerpts from my chat sessions with visionary personalities, as recorded for the Slingshot Living radio show. The conversations reveal valuable wisdom, playful anecdotes and useful advice on how to continuously overstep perceived boundaries for success in your business and your personal life.
In the spirit of the Olympic Games, today’s segment features an excerpt from my inspirational chat with Dudley Tal Stokes, a former officer in the Jamaican Defense Force known internationally for his pioneering efforts in establishing and leading the Jamaican Bobsled Team.
Gabor: You talk about the importance of dreaming and visualizing goals. Can you elaborate a bit on that?
Tal: Well, dreaming has to be disciplined. In other words, you have to have a goal in mind, you have to have some parameters. It’s not daydreaming or your mind wandering. It’s taking your mind and visualizing and feeling things and pointing it in a direction that you want and need to go and then allowing it [your mind] to work in that direction. It is a very disciplined activity. In terms of sport and physical reproduction of our performance, the brain cannot distinguish between doing something and a high-quality rehearsal of doing something. In many ways they are just the same to the brain. This is one of the realities in sports and one of the tools that sportsmen use. It’s one of the differentiators between really high-level consistent performers and people who are just good at what they do. And it translates into many other areas of life, including business, in terms of doing things in a new way and a different way.
I invite you to listen to the entire chat with Captain Stokes and my co-host, Jesse Dylan, here.