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THE MAGIC OF HAPPINESS AND FUN
By Bob Garner
When I was about 15 years old, I was performing my magic and mindreading act on a fairly regular basis, I remember one show very clearly in my mind. I was standing backstage and peeking through the curtains at the audience. What I saw that night was what I perceived to be a “rough crowd.” There was a lot of noise, laughter, and shouting going on. What I didn’t know then (but know now) is that meant that the audience was in a good mood and that this show could be a lot of fun.
However, I was scared to go out on stage and face – what I perceived – as this “wild” audience. The more I thought of what might happen, the more scared and nervous I got.
My dad was with me - which was often the case - and I turned to him and said, “Dad, I can’t go on.”
My dad patiently said, “Okay. But let me ask you, do you want to go on or are you just nervous?”
I thought about his question for a moment and replied, “I do want to go on, but I’m scared.”
My dad replied with a statement that I feel changed my outlook on performing and on life itself. He said, “Bob, just go out and have fun. When you have fun, the audience has fun. When you get uptight, the audience will feel it and you won’t have a good show”.
With those words ringing in my mind, I went on stage and decided to have “fun.” I did, and so did they.
Has your attitude ever stopped you? Have you ever decided not to do something, because you predicted a negative outcome? Has your attitude ever tainted your “perception”?
Challenge: When faced with a situation that you are unsure of, instead of perceiving a negative outcome, try and visualize a positive outcome. It’s just as easy to visualize a positive outcome as it is a negative one. It’s just a choice, as to which one you choose to focus on. Remember, thoughts are things. People have ability to pick-up on other people’s feelings, especially fear.
Instead of having thoughts and feelings of fear and worry – think positive thoughts, and conjure up feelings of confidence, power, grace and, if possible, fun!
Bob Garner is the author of "Masters of Motivation" which has been called a “must read” by business leaders. The creator of a number of CDs that have empowered thousands, Bob writes for numerous business magazines and speaks extensively worldwide on motivation, sales, and success. Sign up now for his free monthly newsletter called "Personal Success" at http://www.bobgarneronline.com