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I came across a few quotes and they really speak to something I am working on and I wanted to share them. They are:

  • Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success.

William S. Gilbert

  • “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”

Sven Goran Eriksson

The reason they make sense to me is when I was younger and way skinnier and oh way faster I was a tennis pro. One of my early coaches used to talk about the concept of, are you playing to win or are you playing to keep from losing? His point was that I had trained properly, I had the fundamentals down but the key to success was having faith in that and to just let it happen. To stop worrying about what could go wrong and only focus on what I needed to do. Once I did that I started to rapidly improve. I am working to incorporate that mindset into my shooting. A few weeks ago I was shooting a match and the first stage was one of those "oh crap" stages. A few very quick clamtraps targets etc and I felt like it was going to be very difficult. I just said let it go and see what happens. I shot it and I hit all of the targets so I felt like I was too slow but it was respectable. I was shocked to see that I won the stage and I'm only a new "c" shooter and there are some amazing shooters where I shoot. It was an eye opening experience for me so I just wanted to share the quotes. I hope it helps.

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TPMINAZ,

You're quotable...

... I had trained properly, I had the fundamentals down but the key to success was having faith in that and to just let it happen. To stop worrying about what could go wrong and only focus on what I needed to do...

Just letting it happen takes a lot of work but it's the only way to perform at one's best.

Thanks for posting this.

DNH

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