But within seconds of his jump, Baumgartner (4 min video of jump) went into an uncontrollable “death spin”. To make matters worse he couldn’t see, because his visor was covered in condensation.
In the months leading up to the record-breaking jump, Baumgartner had suffered considerable anxiety and kept rehearsing the myriad of gruesome ways in which he could die, including:
• a premature plunge if the fragile, relatively untested helium balloon in which he was ascending had been punctured;
• a pinprick tear in his spacesuit that would have caused his blood to boil in the thin air of the stratosphere and
• losing consciousness by going into a spin during the supersonic descent and becoming unable to open his parachute.
In the weeks leading up to the jump, Baumgartner was coached by leading sports psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais, who used guided meditation and visualisation to install new mental imagery, dissolve anxiety and enhance Baumgartner’s ability to focus on the moment and perform under pressure.
Gervais says, “We all have inside us what we need to fulfill our potential. We just need to master our craft, let go of the outcome and trust ourselves to make the right decision in each moment.”
After the jump, Dr. Andy Walshe, Head of Red Bull’s High-Performance division was asked, “What are the limits of human potential?” Walshe replied, “We have some amazing talent in all our Red Bull teams, but I’ve yet to meet anyone who has the consciousness of the Dalia Lama, the creativity of Steve Jobs, and the ability to perform under pressure like a Special Forces commando. We’ve only just scratched the surface of human potential.”
Extensive research by Walshe’s team shows that whether it’s in the boxing ring, the boardroom, or jumping from a 24-mile high balloon, there is one fundamental concept that underpins all peak performance:
The mind is at rest when the body is in action.
May you RIP – Rest In Presence.
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– I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.
Live big & love deep.
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