30 Things I’ve learnt – Part XXV

Now, I’m not just talking about this in a sense that it allowed us to invent stuff, like the microscope, the internet, or fax machines (which still amaze me, by the way. How do they work?! You put paper in one end, and an exact copy comes out on paper in a completely different location?! Email, I get. Telephones, great. But fax machines? Crazy.). Nor only in the sense that it allows us humans to make profound intellectual discoveries about far away things, or really tiny things, or to postulate the existence of dimensions we cannot even comprehend.

But, in an individual sense:

The mind is the most powerful tool we possess.

Well, in Chuck Norris’ case, it may be his right foot, but for the rest of us this holds true.

For example, when I was training for the half marathon a couple of years ago, I’d find early on that some sessions would go well and I would really struggle with others despite, physically, being in the same shape. I realised that it was all down to mental power. Physically, you are capable of much more than you believe, but it is very often the mental side that lets people down. Thinking ‘I can’t do that’, will inevitably lead to failure.

Achieving anything that doesn’t come naturally requires perseverance. Perseverance requires mental strength. Having the knowledge that you can do more than you initially believe, if only you allow yourself to believe it, makes the whole process easier.

In short, you can do amazing things, to use a fairly tired cliché, if you put your mind to it.

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