The other day on a flight home I saw a man reading. But rather than a book, magazine or newspaper he was reading sheet music. I’ve never seen someone read music like that. As his eyes moved across the notes on the page, he moved his hand to the rhythm of the music and hummed along. He hummed to the music that he could hear in his head from what he saw on the page.
As someone without any musical training I found this fascinating. Physically there was no orchestra playing, and yet he could hear the music.
An experienced chef can read ingredients and almost taste what the flavours of the dish will be like. An accomplished mountaineer can read coordinates on a map and understand the challenges of the climb, long before their hands touch the rock face. Sheet music, recipes and maps can all have complex, sense-related information encoded within them, which can be read and experienced.
We live life through our senses. What we hear, see, touch, taste and smell tells us what we need to know about the world. These amazing senses help us survive – there’s a reason we react so quickly when we touch something hot: our senses are helping us to stay alive.
But they do so much more than that. When you taste an amazing meal, or get lost in a beautiful symphony our senses are helping us feel something that goes beyond just the need to survive. They are helping us thrive. They are enabling us to live enriched and fulfilled lives. The same senses that steer us away from danger also allow us to experience the view from the top of the mountain.
But to be successful we have to learn to read the code. We can then unlock the information contained in the notation, recipes and maps that surround us. If you wait passively for your senses to be engaged, then maybe you won’t be in the best position to succeed in your endeavours. Your senses have the ability to visualise the climb, to anticipate the taste of the meal before you’ve made it, to hear the music before it starts playing.
A successful mountaineer climbs the mountain before he reaches it.
Whatever your goals, visualise them, make them real in your mind before you start out. Feel them, hear them, see them, touch them and taste them in your mind. Making it real in your mind gives you more chance of making it real in your life.
Climb your mountain, hear your music, taste your success.
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