Preparation, Support, and Practice

by Michael Berry on September 16, 2014

images-15At a recent Live Event, a gentleman was called up to the stage and asked to face the crowd. He happily obliged.Without any type of preparation or warning, he was asked to hold his breath for as long as he could. Perplexed and curious, he took a deep breath and held it. He lasted just longer than 30 seconds.He was then told that he was to repeat this task, but this time he was given the following information:
  • It is helpful to breathe deeply for a concentrated time to hyperventilate before holding your breath, which saturates the body with oxygen and allows you to wait longer before needing to take in more air.
  • He will receive periodic updates on how long he is holding his breath.
  • The goal is to now beat his old time.
  • The crowd will enthusiastically support his efforts this time around.
He was then told to prepare for holding his breath, which he did by breathing deeply and powerfully for a short period of time. When he said he was ready, the timer began. The crowd began cheering loudly. The host yelled out times every 10 seconds …He easily surpassed his first time of 30 seconds. He had met his goal. Then, getting into the spirit of the task, he was spurred on by the screaming audience members to hold his breath for two minutes!By simply knowing what the goal was, applying preparation and focus to the task, refining technique along the way and eliciting support from others, he was able to increase his performance ability significantly.
Can you apply this to your life?
Personal development is our business and our life.
Michael Berry
In personal development we learn that “we all see and experience the world not as it is, but as we are”.


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