On 14th October 2012, Felix Baumgartner became the first human to sky-dive from the edge of space when he stepped off the platform of his balloon-lifted capsual at an altitude of 39,045 m (128,100 ft) and fell back to Earth at speeds of up to 1,342.1 kilometres per hour (833.9 mph), which corresponds to Mach 1.24, making him the first human to break the sound barrier without the use of a vehicle at the time.
If you like me were one of the 8 million people watching his jump streamed live over the internet, you’ll remember the image of Felix stepping out onto the platform, suspended 24 miles in the air, before calmly stepping off the edge and into thin air.
Can any of us even begin to imagine the levels of confidence Felix must have required to be able to just step off the edge into thin air, higher up than any other human has ever done? Knowing he was about to fall to Earth and that his entire life depended upon his suit keeping him warm and pressurised, and his parachute actually opening? Oh, and the small matter of him not passing out during the fall (a very real danger when he went into an uncontrolled spin early in the fall)?
Imagine if it was you up there, stood on that step. Could you have jumped? Would you have found the courage and the confidence to step off into nothingness?
Of course, the difference is that Felix knew exactly what he was doing. He didn’t just wake up that morning and decide “Hey, I’m going to jump from the edge of space today”!
It was over 2 years earlier, in January 2010, that Felix announced he was going to attempt the jump. He was by then already an exceptionally skilled parachutist, sky diver and base jumper, having been breaking world records since 1999. So the jump from the edge of space, whilst record-breaking, new and dangerous, was not beyond the sort of things at which Felix was already skilled. It was a step up from what hed done before, a development of his existing skills and knowledge.
And, vitally, Felix knew that if he was to stand a chance of succeeding, then he needed to have himself a team of experts to help him with his attempt. He assembled a skilled team including, crucially, the highly skilled Joseph Kittinger who had already safely jumped from 31,300 m (102,800 feet) in 1960.
In other words, Felix sought out an expert who had already done the sort of thing he was now attempting to do.
That is an absolutely crucial part of his success, and this is equally true of anyone in any discipline in life.
When you are seeking to do new things, you need to find yourself the right support, and what better support than the support of an expert who has already done the sort of things you are seeking to do?
By having this expert on your side, on your team, supporting and guiding you, it massively increases your own abilities, your own chances of success, and your own confidence. By having someone who knows what you are going through, knows what you want to achieve, and has done it themselves, you greatly increase your own liklihood of success and your own confidence in your success!
Felix is the record breaker, he is the hero of the hour, and all credit to him for his amazing success. And let’s also remember what gave him the confidence to step off that platform – the fact that he was wise enough to assemble a good team and also to pick as his own coach & mentor an expert who had done the sort of thing Felix was seeking to achieve.
Without that, it is debateable whether the balloon would ever have even got off the ground.
What are you seeking to do? What confidence do you need? Seek out an expert coach who has been there too so they can guide you along the path of your journey to your own increased confidence and ever greater success. That’s one of the reasons my own clients come to work with me on their confidence, and it’s why they get such good results. Give yourself the right support so that you can step into your confidence!