In archery, in life, there are no shortcuts. Interestingly, our computers and phones these days provide an endless amount of shortcuts. Unfortunately, we are not machines. In the past several years, the archer’s coach said the goal was to create a machine. Ultimately, archers need to be machine-like in duplicating the shot process and execution identically each time. Yes, technology is progressing so fast, that this process may get slightly easier, however, it is not a shortcut to winning.
In a current bible study, the title of one chapter is, “The Hard Way Made Easy.” It discusses how we are raised by says like, study hard, and practice, practice, practice. We repeat sayings, such as, do not give up, there are no easy ways to success. There are reasons behind these words. The author goes further into stating that the hard way is an investment. Robert Frost said, ” The best way is always through.” A journey that includes mistakes and heartache can taste the sweetness of success.
Another point was, “Begin with the End in Mind.” Goal Setting. The second habit in the popular book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey, states, to begin with, the end in mind. This is mind (mental) management. Thinking the process through, knowing what the end image is how we are to act and think daily. Every day of practice is a competition. Every positive thinking moment about your archery success is a daily commitment to the brain that over time habits becoming normal.
These are biblical principles, these are life principles that are being taught to help encourage the path that WILL have twists and turns. Oh, but the rainbows are brighter, the joys are sweeter, and the memories will carry us through dark times. Archery should never take the place of the spiritual journey. The spiritual journey with archery is a sweet journey. In the last sentence of the chapter, sums it up nicely. “The hard way is the only way, for it makes that joy even sweeter.” The book is 31 Days to Happiness, by David Jeremiah.
Surely oppression destroys a wise man’s reason, and a bribe debases the heart.
The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Do not hasten in the spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
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