To Push? Part 2

“If you lose yourself in any action, that action will be the most successful.”
-Sri Atmananda

Consider this scenario: You and your competitor are close in points but you are a couple of points behind.  It’s the last stage of the match, and your competitor just shot a good run, to his ability. You are up. Do you just go and shoot like you normally would or do you push yourself to shoot a little faster in order to go for the win?

I’d been there many times. If I pushed myself to shoot a faster pace than I’d normally shoot, I’d crash almost every time. So the idea of pushing was rejected.

You cannot exceed your ability; trying to do so invites failure.

I erased the idea of a “normal pace.” If I defined myself as having a normal pace, then I had something I could “push.” Or something to try, which is worse. 

I trusted that the perfect run was within me, waiting to come out—if I let it by not trying anything—and just shoot!

In shooting and in living, good things happen when you are present.

Comments are welcome, and all questions will be answered.

I’ll post a new topic each Friday afternoon, in one of two categories. One will be on shooting, and the other will be on living. Or: how I learned to live from what I learned by competing.

Thanks for coming in.