Back in 2017, as I was preparing for the launch of The Sniper Mind I began putting together a series of Tweets. Some were quotes lifted directly from the book itself. Others were notes I had made in different sections that were designed to inspire me and give me a sense of direction as I was writing the book. Others still were thematic summaries, acting as signposts for what lay ahead or what was now behind a particular section of the book.
Taken in their entirety they are, in many ways, the metadata that tells us what the book itself is about and what it is designed to do. Over the past few weeks I have spent quite some time considering them all. Because my Tweets and sharing of these across social media channels was done a bit at a time and the memes and graphics were created piecemeal to fit in with the requirements of the day there was no overarching plan guiding it all (because I really detest the artifice of marketing plus, like everyone else I am being pulled in all directions at once).
However, there is no escaping the themes of the book and their impact and the memes and graphics, once examined become the metadata that creates a mindmap of sorts that create a thematic navigational aid to the book itself. In pulling them together I had to be a little selective and prune some otherwise the page itself would have been way too graphic heavy to load properly (I am bending quite a few SEO rules in putting it together).
Luckily it is always easier to prune than not have enough material. I created eight categories to fit everything in which are also provide a sense of progression in themselves: Fear, Identity, Motivation, Mental Edge, Attentional Control, Decision Making, Planning, Taking Action. Dive in. See what you see:
Fear recruits our imagination and turns our brain against us.
Fearlessness is an acquired response.
Our insecurities drive us. Our fears control us. We try to hide the first and deny the second and it is exhausting us.
The fears you face alone are always overwhelming.
The person you become is the person you allow yourself to be.
The discipline that transforms you always comes from within.
We grow by overcoming discomfort, not avoiding it.
You can’t become yourself without learning to live with discomfort.
It’s not the effort to get ‘there’ that kills us, but the effort to stay ahead.
To know who you truly are in a crowd gives you control over your destiny.
We all need a personal mythology not because it tells us who we are but because it tells us who to aspire to be.
You build the person you want to be every day, one tiny step at a time.
It takes real effort to truly be ourselves.
You start each day full of emotion. What happens next depends on how you choose to control it.
To understand why Feelings ≠ Emotions consider that Happiness is a feeling and Joy is an emotion.
Some people are defined by their limitations. Others by their capabilities.
Fathom your motivation so that you understand what you’re prepared to do and why.
You need a reason to begin something and then you need a reason to continue.
Your willingness to face adversity is exactly proportionate to your motivation.
Perception requires a sense of mind.
Every means of challenge becomes a pathway to growth.
Change every sentence from “I” to “We”. Then feel the difference in your thinking.
Be all you can be.
Without a clear sense of purpose each day is a search in the fog.
Reality is not a thought experiment.
The rituals we create for ourselves serve as platforms that launch our consciousness higher.
When was the last time you started the day with a clear, overriding sense of purpose?
If one at a time you identify and remove every mental obstacle that stops you, what can stand in your way?
Failure is an inevitable part of our journey through life and vulnerability is an integral part of our character.
We cannot learn something new and stick to it without a modular approach to application, positive reinforcement and a real change of environment.
The fog you feel inside your head is due to lack of focus.
Without the mind the body is not capable of delivering anything beyond an average performance.
Rituals are mental triggers. They unlock mental connections that change us.
When you don’t see what’s beyond your eyes, it is your mind that’s to blame.
To get the outcome you want you need to feel you can achieve it.
The brain forms neural networks for everything you pay attention to.
We only notice the things we see.
When everything is information your ability to see more of it than others is what sets you apart.
Every critical decision you make defines what happens next.
Every decision casts light in the darkness of our mind.
The moment you find yourself in started long ago, with choices you made and decision you took.
Every decision produces its own path.
Every decision you make changes you.
Every decision has a consequence. Every choice is a decision.
We are incredibly good at rationalizing why we can’t make a decision. What if every obstacle was removed? What then?
Being intentional means that every decision you make acknowledges what’s of true value to you.
The way out of the woods demands a sense of direction.
The moment when we become aware of the decision we’ve taken, is actually way past the point of no return.
We are the architects of who we become. But we need to first understand, plan and have a direction.
The steps that get us “there” are guided by our ability to set a direction.
Failure to plan is to plan to fail.
Fluidity in the problems you face demands agility in the solutions you propose.
Hope is not a strategy. Plan your success.
Plans without structure never materialize.
We are defined by our actions. They are the embodiment of our thoughts.
Reading, like storytelling, is a biologically adaptive response that aids our survival.
“Become like water my friend.”
The world has changed. Have you?
Achieve more. Channel your anger.
Decisiveness and action sap your drive and energy as much as indecisiveness and inaction. But in the process you overcome your doubt and get rid of your uncertainty.
It’s not the confusion of change that defeats our efforts to improve, but the magnitude of the change we implement. We learnt to run via ‘baby steps’ for a reason.
There is no perfect. There is only the moment in which things feel right.
Success is a team sport.
Soldiers are taught to survive in an environment that’s designed to kill them. Do you really think there’s anything they cannot then do?
Every considered choice you make builds your tactical advantage.
It takes a team to make a game. No person alone can go far, for long.
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