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Power of One

11 November 2009

From The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay:

The power of one is above all things the power to believe in yourself, often well beyond any latent ability you may have previously demonstrated.  The mind is the athlete; the body is simply the means it uses to run faster or longer, jump higher, shoot straighter, kick better, swim harder, hit further, or box better.  Hoppie’s dictum to me, “First with the head and then with the heart,” was more than simply mixing brains with guts.  It meant thinking well beyond the powers of normal concentration and then daring your courage to follow your thoughts.

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