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I have been thinking a lot about my mental game recently; how to get into a good mental state, and how to stay there, regardless of what else is happening around me. Coincidentally, I also recently saw a quote that evoked just the right images and emotions to help get me there:

Fate whispers to the warrior ‘You cannot withstand the storm’,
And the warrior whispers back ‘I am the storm’.

Inspirational quotes, like other art forms, are rather interesting creatures. They can mean something very different to each person who experiences them and they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and variations. For me, this one reminds me to be strong, proud, and confident, which just happen to be words that I already use to help my mental state on the shooting line. Be it bad weather, tough competition, a poor performance, or just feeling too lazy to train, when I need a little mental reminder, I can just whisper to myself to “be the storm” to get back on track.

Figuring out simple words or phrases to help get your mental game back where it needs to be can be really important, especially in sport. The quote above reminded me about a couple good quotes from Frank Herbert’s Dune that I’d like to share:

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Which is often shortened to “Fear is the mind-killer.” For me, this reminds me that it’s ok to be afraid, but to not let it control you. Additionally, I could write a whole new post on positive thinking, but for now: “The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative; on or off.” is a really good reminder to keep thinking positive.

In other news, during a recent visit to my physiotherapist with my coach, we discovered a potential cause of some shoulder pain I have been experiencing. The fix is to ensure that I keep the lower trapezius of my front side engaged throughout my shot process, especially through the execution, ensuring that the upper trap doesn’t get overworked. I think I’ve got it figured out.

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