What are you afraid of? What makes you flinch?

“When you feel the flinch, you can shut it up by talking out loud. Ask a clear, strong question, ‘What are you afraid of?’ Say it whenever you’re avoiding the flinch; then force yourself to answer. Or just call it out: ‘Flinching.’

“Train yourself to flinch forward, and your world changes radically. You respond to challenges by pushing ahead instead of shrinking back. You become bigger instead of smaller; you’re more stable and more confident. Your world becomes a series of obstacles to overcome, instead of attacks you have to defend yourself from.

This is the truth behind the champion — he is always fighting something. To do otherwise is to settle.

Wise words by the brilliant Julien Smith in “Flinch,” a quick read you can grab for cheap (and sometimes for free) on Amazon.

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