If you want to jump off a cliff, don’t stare into the abyss for too long


People who often play golf should know about this.

A rookie will be concerned about obstacles, for example, in front of many fields’ putting green will have a pool, which will give the novice a great shock, because they are afraid to put the ball into the water.

So they ask the caddie, how many yards do they need to get through the water?

But anyone who asks such a question tends to hit the ball into the water.

As for experienced golfers, they will directly ignore the existence of the pool, directly ask the caddie how many yards to reach the putting green, so, the ball not only will not go into the water, often land beautifully on the green.

This seems a bit of an idealistic as if you don’t pay attention to water, the water really doesn’t exist.

However, there is a psychological name for this: “the Wallenda Effect.”

Wallenda was a high wire artist known for not using any safety measures, and he has never had an accident.

However, it all ended in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Wallenda attempted a walk between the two towers of the ten-story Condado Plaza Hotel, on a wire stretched 121 ft (37 meters) above the pavement. He lost his balance and fell during the attempt.

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What caused this fatal accident?

Is it too difficult? No, it’s as difficult as usual, and he fell off when he just got to the middle of the rope.

Is he not prepared enough? In fact, he began to ponder every action and detail many days in advance, he prepared more than any other show.

And the problem may be because he values this show too much.

Because the audiences are many well-known figures in the United States, also attracted media attention, if the performance is successful, Wallenda will be famous, and also bring unprecedented fame.

Presumably, it was a motivation and a pressure, so much so that he kept saying to his wife before the show:

“This time is too important, I can not fail, I must not fail, if I failed, everything will be finished …”

This may be the root cause of the failure because Wallenda is too focused on failure, not as before, focus on how to walk the ropes.

When you want to succeed too much, you tend to suffer, your attention will focus on failure, all your behavior will be unnatural, your level is not properly played. Thus, “failure” seems to hear the call, trailing you, and this is the Wallenda effect.

Dialectics are everywhere, and so is the Wallenda effect.

It’s good to want to succeed, but it can’t be too much, so what is considered too much?

Of course, for Wallenda himself, his failure was to pay the price with his life, and therefore it was unacceptable that the best way to do so was to stop the show.

For most of us, there will be no gambling at the cost of living, so you can tell yourself that the possibility of this failure is very large, but it doesn’t matter, just start over again if it fails.

As a result, you tend to achieve better results.

The American TV series “Breaking Bad” was a great success, and when the media interviewed the director Gilligan, asked him why he had succeeded, and he said:

“It’s like you’re going to throw a piece of paper into a trash can in the distance, and sometimes you’re prepared, focused, but you’re not going to be able to get it in. But if you only look at the trash can, throw it without thinking too much, normally it will go it …”

It’s true, the subject matter of “Breaking Bad” is a little too perverse, the team members feel that they will fail in the end.

Gilligan’s attitude was clear as if they were playing, and he told his team members, “What chance do you have in your life to learn about drug manufacturing?”

This mentality instead opens the team members’ minds, all kinds of ideas come into being.

Who knows, the result surprised everyone, “Breaking Bad” became Gilligan’s masterpiece.

Just like, if you want to jump off a cliff, you just need to look across the shore, not look into the cliff for too long.


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