“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
If you are unsure of yourself, your actions will know it, and most of all the world (as in existence and all that is) will know it.
After slicing my tenth or so watermelon and seeing five of them came out properly and five of them came out horribly, I noticed something. I am currently a prep cook in a restaurant in the East Village of Manhattan, and I was assigned to portioning the watermelon for the watermelon salad dish. Chef taught me how to dissect the watermelon in order to get the small pizza shaped wedges he desired from the product, but there was an underlying principle that was crucial to this process — one that is crucial to any action that we take.
So here I am after my tenth watermelon, and the same problem continues to occur. To help you visualize it better, I will explain how we cut the watermelon open. First you take the watermelon and slice it in half lengthwise. Next, you slice that half in half and then those two resulting halves in half all lengthwise. After that you have the template for which you are to cut your triangles. You take one of the halved halved halved halved long wedges of watermelon and you cut off one of the edges. With the skin facing you, you cut 1 inch slices all the way along the long slice of watermelon. Sounds easy enough—and it is, there is but two pitfalls in this process. One is that you can measure wrong which happens often but still results in a useable product. The second one however destroys most of the watermelon and leaves you with ugly, deformed, and misshapen slices. That mistake is hesitation.
When you are slicing through a watermelon, if you do not slice all the way through, if you try to redirect the path that you have started on, if you try to take out your knife to reexamine the cut you are trying to make, if you try and do anything but cut directly all the way through the watermelon from skin to skin, it will break. The watermelon will pull on itself and as a result some wedges will have an extra bulge sticking out that was ripped away from another one of the wedges, leaving a whole part of the watermelon unusable (to sell, us cooks gladly consume this misshapen wedge). If there is any hesitation or doubt or second guessing or anything of the sort while you are slicing; you are finished. But instead, if you know how you want to cut it, and most importantly are committed to the cut that you are making regardless of how improperly measured it is, you will get the cleanest cut lines there are (even if all the slices aren’t uniform). The next watermelon I cut after coming to this realization was ideal. Defined, orderly, and perfectly geometric. I think Pythagorus himself would have been proud of my triangles. Feeling proud of myself for cutting the perfect watermelon, I also realized that this principle of being sure of yourself translates into the actions that we take in life as well.
Now think about it, the watermelon knew when I was unsure of myself, when I did not entirely know what I was doing, and when I wavered and changed my mind on how I wanted to go through with it. By its nature and makeup, if you are not exact, precise, and thorough with your cut, it will bust. The same goes with life. Think about the watermelon as the world/universe and you as the knife. I’m going to draw from the law of attraction’s premise which states that
“the Law of Attraction is the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on.”
“the belief that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life.”
If the universe knows that you are unsure about yourself, it is going to act up. It is not going to bend to your will because your will isn’t even confident in its own convictions. It isn’t even confident in its own powers to move the world. It isn’t even confident in its ability to manipulate the fabric of this existence. And when it isn’t sure, then the universe will certainly be against it because that is its natural disposition and state. But the best shot that we have for attaining what we want, becoming an actor, running that 4.3 40 yard dash time, directing your first move, producing your first album, being on the Ellen Show, becoming the next President of the United States, running a marathon in under two hours, or slicing the perfect watermelon is to first believe in yourself. As I said in my last post, belief is the most powerful tool we possess is belief, and if we do not confidently carry that around with us, then our actions will never realize our dreams. Of course the practices of planning, measuring, analyzing, seeking counsel, thinking, praying, and double checking after our hearts have compelled us to do something are absolutely crucial, but when it is time to act upon the research and logical case that has driven us to do this thing, we must act with the full conviction of our hearts. Once we are in the act, there should be no more thought. We should only focus on performing this task, this act, as best as we possibly can, and then after the action is over reanalyze the situation. Action requires your full attention, your full focus, your full desire, your full conviction, and your full BELIEF of a successful or effective outcome in order for us to be in the best possible position for it to occur.
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