Part One: Understanding the Larger Game
Training is like climbing a mountain. The peak is your highest potential. Having a map for the road ahead will help you, at any point on your journey, know where you are in relation to your goal and give you a clearer understanding of the effort it will take till completion.
“Realistic vision, a deep awareness of your potential in a given endeavor, enables you to choose the wisest course and to train for it. From a good beginning, all else flows.”
Chapter One: Natural Laws
Dan Millman set out to discover the process of learning after fifteen years training as a gymnast, working hard, training consistently, and noticing that his progress often seemed “slow or random.” He began by researching “standard psychological theories of motivation, visualization, hypnosis, conditioning, and attitude training.” While his knowledge expanded, he had not grasped an articulate understanding of the process of learning.
He understood that infants learn at a significantly faster pace than adults, and wondered “What qualities do infants possess that most adults lack?” Through observation of his infant daughter playing with their cat, he recognized that her approach to play was “relaxed and mindless.”
“Training became a way of life, not just a means to an end. Personal growth requires us to integrate the wisdom of life experience with the laws of nature.”
Principle 2: Accommodation