I recently got to view the new movie, Inception, as a part of my role as a juror for Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a movie about controlling lucid dreaming. It’s started a lot of talk about dreaming and its relationship to reality. Truth is we’re all in a state where we may sometimes wonder, as Chang Tzu wrote, “I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.” It turns out the answer may be a little bit of both. Our view of the world is influenced by our belief about our current situation.
Research at the University of Virginia showed that people had trouble estimating the slope of a hill and that the difficult increased as their level of energy went down. Likewise, successful place kickers perceive the goal posts to be wider than unsuccessful kickers do.
Attitude does have a measurable effect on performance. It does help, as Zig Ziglar likes to say, to “get rid of that stinkin’ thinkin’!”