I’m a huge fan of Tony Robbins. I probably have 5GB of his material; spanning about 20 years of his career. In some of his really early material, he talks about who influenced him the most; Jim Rohn, Bryan Tracy, and someone most people have never heard of – Richard Bandler.
Richard Bandler is the founder and creator of NLP – Neuro Linguistic Programming. If you’ve never heard of it, here’s an easy description: Neuro refers to your neurology; Linguistic refers to language; programming refers to how that neural language functions. In other words, learning NLP is like learning the language of your own mind.
Being a fan of Tony’s, I wanted to learn from his teachers too. So I also have Jim Rohn and Bryan Tracy materials.
It’s when I discovered Richard Bandler’s material that things really got interesting. NLP is like nothing I’d ever heard or experienced before. It’s transformational, in my opinion, but it’s also highly controversial and mainstream science widely discredits its validity.
Anything that is discredited by the mainstream is automatically on my radar because I’m generally not a follower of mainstream anything.
That being said, as a constant and never-ending learner and saw-sharpener, I listen to a book on Audible when I walk every day or a recording from one of the greats above.
This past weekend, I pulled out some old Bandler material. I’ve probably listened to this particular recording a hundred times by now, but each time I listen, I have another insight or hear something a different way. One particular phrase that stood out for me this weekend was,
“He who hesitates….. waits, and waits, and waits.”
It’s so simple in its eloquence, yet complex in its truth. The single greatest obstacle to your success or achievement of anything is your hesitation; your failure to take action.
Hesitation is caused by fear.
Fear comes from your reptilian brain from thousands of years ago designed to keep you alive.
What you’re afraid of; failure, is not going to kill you unless you’re profession is one of the deadliest in the world – fire fighting, commercial fishing, logging, piloting aircraft, and so on.
So take action in the direction of your professional desires. Do something every day that scares you, because you’ll see that despite your fear, you’ll survive. You may make a mistake, or even fail. In that moment, learn the lesson. Then, take action again.
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in getting up every time we do.” ~Confucius