This past week, I have competed in the International Shooting Championships of Hannover. It was a decent match with about 1,250 competitors from 26 countries in all the shooting categories combined.
If I were to define an “intense experience”, this would definitely qualify in that category. In a competition on this scale, where all the participants are trying to overcome their limitations, face their fears (mostly of failure) and striving to be the first amongst equals... let’s just say, it can get pretty grueling — mentally and physically. I’m sure there are many synergies to real life challenges that are faced by all of you, existentially, no matter what your professions. I guess we all have to perform somewhere.
My conclusion after competing for 16 years is that a lot of our worries and fears and negatives are self-created. Of course, in life we face a multitude of situations and some are beyond our control.
Take, for example, this last competition. After a neck-to-neck performance in which I was leading in the last round, the computer systems crashed... and well... that was the cyber end to the gold I was aiming for. I came away with a silver.
But I believe that the key to remaining really ‘cool’ is to look at things with equanimity and adopt a balanced approach. This may take a great deal of mental discipline, but it appears to be the only way. Self help, they say, is the best help.
Coming back to my shooting performance, every day creates a new challenge. I’ve realised that half the battle is won when problems are viewed as new opportunities for learning. Accept the reality of the situation, focus on the task at hand and MOVE ON.
Easier said than done? But I assure you, it makes life interesting and we ALL know how boring life would be if everything was easy.
So until next week and ever after, B +. It’s not just the generic name of a blood group that unites a multitude of people in a hidden way. B+ also simply means BE POSITIVE. And then you’ll feel that rush in your veins universally... no matter what your DNA.