Mental resilience is arguably the most critical trait of a world-class performer, and it should be nurtured continuously.
- Left to my own devices, I am always looking for ways to become more and more psychologically impregnable.
- When uncomfortable, my instinct is not to avoid the discomfort but to become at peace with it.
- When injured, which happens frequently in the life of a martial artist, I try to avoid painkillers and to change the sensation of pain into a feeling that is not necessarily negative.
- My instinct is always to seek out challenges as opposed to avoiding them. (Location 826)
When dealing with adversity, we can try to force the world into compliance or we can build sandals to deal with it