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Master Your Mind

9 Sep

I just read a book called “The Way of the Bow” by Paulo Coelho. It’s the type of book that you will read cover to cover in about an hour, and then spend days thinking about – I highly recommend it. I wanted to share a small piece of it with you guys:

In short, there was a young archer who traveled and sought out the man who had a reputation of being the greatest archer in the world. He challenged him to a competition. The young man went first, and shot a cherry off a tree from about 50 yards away. Not bad… The master went second, and shot a peach off a tree from about 30 yards away. The master told the young man that he hit a larger target from a shorter distance, and that if the young man could repeat this shot it would prove that he was the better archer.

The young man picked his target, drew his arrow, and released. His arrow missed.

You see, even though he was totally capable of making the shot, the young archer was nervous in the face of competition and let it affect his performance. The lesson learned was that in order to master your bow, you must first master your mind.

Pay attention to this lesson. How many times have you had a speach or presentation totally planned out, just to forget every word and look like a fool as soon as you stepped in front of your audience? Neverousness and confidence are just different emotions that are controlled by your brain. Train your brain just like you train your body in the gym. Let your brain work for you instead of against you. It’ll change your life.

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