You may have heard the saying “failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” We had, too, but until we watched this incredible TED talk by astronaut Chris Hadfield, we didn’t take it too seriously.
In this video, retired Colonel Hadfield shares a story of a time he lost his visual capabilities while on a space walk (in other words, was floating outside of the space shuttle while blind). Sounds terrifying, right? But instead of panicking like I think most of us would, Hadfield was able to remain calm and fix the problem.
What’s his secret? Thanks to the intense preparation, practice, and rehearsal he and his crew did ahead of time, Hadfield knew that, even thought the situation wasn’t ideal and even though he was certainly afraid, he wasn’t actually in danger. He had already practiced for what he would do in a situation like this—he already had a solution.
We might not all be preparing for a ride to space, but we can all use preparation and rehearsal to be successful. Whether you are nervous about an upcoming job interview, stressed about what questions you’ll get asked after that presentation, or unsure about how to approach your boss about that raise, preparation and rehearsal are the best ways to be successful. By thinking everything through, you’ll feel more confident in your ability to tackle whatever comes your way—and you won’t let fear hold you back from your success.
Check out the video below to learn more from astronaut Chris Hadfield, and see how to apply his extraterrestrial advice to your own life!
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