The Practicing Mind

The Practicing Mind

Developing Focus and Discipline in your Life

eBook - 2012
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In those times when we want to acquire a new skill or face a formidable challenge we hope to overcome, what we need most are patience, focus, and discipline, traits that seem elusive or difficult to maintain. In this enticing and practical book, Thomas Sterner demonstrates how to learn skills for any aspect of life, from golfing to business to parenting, by learning to love the process.

Early life is all about trial-and-error practice. If we had given up in the face of failure, repetition, and difficulty, we would never have learned to walk or tie our shoes. So why, as adults, do we often give up on a goal when at first we don't succeed? In his study of how we learn (prompted by his pursuit of disciplines such as music and golf), Sterner has found that we have forgotten the principles of practice -- the process of picking a goal and applying steady effort to reachit. The methods Sterner teaches show that practice done properly isn't drudgery on the way to mastery but a fulfilling process in and of itself, one that builds discipline and clarity.
Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, 2012 (Norwood, Mass. : Books24x7.com [generator])
Edition: 1st New World Library ed
ISBN: 9781608680900
Additional Contributors: Books24x7, Inc

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1aa
Apr 05, 2017

The simplicity and brevity of the book understate its value and importance. Its worth reading more than once (I read it thrice). What the book says is easy to intellectually comprehend, but its much harder to implement, but it is relative easy if you take it one step at time (two of the four S-es: 'small' and 'short'), and even this little bit will have the goal come towards you (but just a little, so far (I've just finished reading it!)). Old or young, man or woman, individually or as a group, anyone can benefit from this book.

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AmyEighttrack
Sep 23, 2013

jquickmsw said it most eloquently; I concur. I even had to buy this for myself.

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jquickmsw
Oct 30, 2012

Nothing religious at all about this fine little book (although the author has studied eastern philosophies and makes good use of them here). It's radical in that it turns the traditional western "end result thinking" kind of goal achievement system on its head, urging instead that we become process oriented. When we are able to stay in the present as we practice whatever it is we want to get good at (doesn't matter what it is), we find that time becomes immaterial and the process itself becomes deeply satisfying. It's an engaging, easy to read book; I intend to buy it so I can lend it to others and come back to it often; as he points out, even the best ideas tend to fade from our consciousness unless we make a concerted effort to keep them fresh by frequent review, until they become part of who we are.

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the_Ward
Aug 06, 2012

From the cover of the book it would appear that the book was going to help learn or master skills and achieve goals being more focused on the process rather than the results. While there is a small portion about the being process oriented, the majority of the book encourages one to move toward the religious aspects of being in the 'now' and being non-judgmental. Disappointing unless one is looking for a more new-age type of guide book.

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