TIP 93

NEVER CONSIDER THE NEGATIVE

       The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heav’n of hell, a hell of heav’n.

JOHN MILTON, PARADISE LOST

There is a principle in martial arts: never consider the negative. In other words, as you are about to engage in battle with your opponent, decide what you are going to do and do it. Do not visualize yourself getting hit or being pulverized into a little mashed potato, or that is very likely what will happen. Focus on moving forward.

I recently discovered that this principle is also useful in mountain biking. I was visiting my sister in Colorado and thought it might be fun to try mountain biking. Martin, her fiancé, took me to the top of a small mountain, showed me how the gears worked, strapped ...

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