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January 2016 – TPMI Newsletter

Dear Readers, Well it's FINALLY here. After nine months of work "The Practicing Mind" Institute is finally launching and this is my welcoming newsletter. I have so much planned for 2016 and I am sure you will find offerings that will help you to accomplish more in...

Best of You Today: Four Techniques to Help You Achieve Your Goals

Source:  Best of You Today

By:  Thomas M. Sterner

“The four “S” words are simplify, small, short, and slow. As you will see, these concepts are deeply interrelated and flow back and
forth into one another. As you develop control of your practicing mind, it is important to work in a fashion that makes staying in
the process as easy as possible, and these four techniques, each one basic and straightforward on its own, can help you do just

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World of Psychology: 3 Ways to Master Any New Skill

Source:  World of Psychology
By:  MARGARITA TARTAKOVSKY, M.S., Associate Editor

“In The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life, author Thomas M. Sterner shows readers how to live in the present moment and enjoy the process of learning a new skill or achieving a goal. In other words, it’s about the journey, not the destination.”

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Best of You Today: Creating the Habits We Desire

Source:  Best of You Today

“By now, you should notice — or, shall we say, you should be aware of — several themes running through this book. One of these themes is awareness itself. You cannot change what you are unaware of. This truth is nowhere more important than in the world of self-improvement. We need to be more aware of what we are doing, what we are thinking, and what we are intending to accomplish in order to gain control of what we experience in life.”

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Best of You Today: Dieting with a Practicing Mind

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“What’s the first thing we do when we set a dieting goal? We aim at the final destination: “I want to lose 25 pounds.” This immediately sets up a perspective that breeds struggle and beckons failure before we have made that first step onto the treadmill or passed up that first donut. Why?

Most of us have a habit of setting our goals too far out in front of where we are at that moment and immediately become attached to the point in time when that goal will be reached. This is both counterproductive and a misuse of the goal. Instead of our goal serving as a rudder to guide our effort, it creates a feeling within us that every moment along the way to reaching that goal is something we have to overcome, something we must endure. We experience impatience and struggle, and if we fail to sustain our extended effort, we can lose confidence in our ability to reach any particular goal we set. We also usually attach a time frame for reaching our goals that is totally unrealistic and not based on any factual information, but instead is driven by the thought that reaching a particular goal will make us feel more complete than we already are.”

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Best of You Today: Develop Focus to Help You Master Any Skill You Desire

Source: Best of You Today

“Maybe you have a talent you can’t seem to stay with long enough to develop it. Or it could be that book you want to write but keep avoiding because it just seems too overwhelming. To overcome any challenge, we need patience, focus and discipline—which are hard to maintain.

In his book Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life – Master Any Skill or Challenge by Learning to Love the Process, author Thomas M. Sterner offers practical guidance on how to learn skills for any aspect of life—from tennis to parenting to building a career—by learning to love the process. Sterner is himself practiced in focusing; he has trained as a jazz pianist and studied Eastern and Western philosophy and modern sports psychology. Here, Sterner discusses his book, why we have such a hard time focusing, and how to learn to overcome a challenge.”

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The Entrepreneurial MD: “The Practicing Mind” — a primer for physician happiness?

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Source: EntrepreneurialMD.com
By:  Philippa Kennealy MD MPH CPCC PCC

“As a recent attendee at the Creativity and Personal Mastery program (CPM) that I have previously written about, I was tickled to receive and read a review copy of “The Practicing Mind” (A) by Thomas Sterner. His book is an active reminder of the value I derived from the program, as it echoes much of the content. It’s also foretells the huge payoffs that come with learning how to “practice”.

What does “practice” really mean?”

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Habits Are Learned: How to Choose Them Wisely

Source:  InnerSelf.com
By:  Thomas M. Sterner

“You cannot change what you are unaware of. This truth is nowhere more important than in the world of self-improvement. We need to be more aware of what we are doing, what we are thinking, and what we are intending to accomplish in order to gain control of what we experience in life.

But in fact, for most of us, this is a problem because we are so disconnected from our thoughts. We just have them. The horses are running, and we don’t have the

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Slowing Down In Order To Get There Sooner!

Source:  InnerSelf.com
By:  Thomas M. Sterner

In my piano service business, I worked many seven-day weeks, and some fourteen to sixteen-hour days. Once, when I had a particularly long day ahead of me, I decided I would put all my effort into deliberately working slowly. Working this way might sound counterproductive, but I couldn’t get a day off, so going slowly for at least one day seemed rather appealing.

I was to start with a concert preparation on a grand piano for the local symphony. I was to prepare the soloist’s piano in the morning, along with a second piano that would be used in the orchestra. Afterward I had service work that extended over two states, and then I had to return to the concert hall to check the two pianos once again. The workload was about two and a half times the amount that was considered a full day’s schedule in the trade.

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Gaiam Life: Achieve Any Goal Using the Four “S” Words

Source:  Gaiam Life: 

“Real peace and contentment in our lives comes from realizing that life is a process to engage in, a journey down a path that we can choose to experience as magical.

The Practicing Mind is about remembering what you already know at some level and bringing that memory into the present. The Practicing Mind reintroduces you to the process of acquiring new skills, and it reminds you that life itself is nothing more than one long practice session, an endless effort to refine the motions, both physical and mental, that compose our days. It’s about living in the present moment and centering yourself on this magical path through life.”

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Forbes: Why Being a Successful Entrepreneur Takes Practice

Published: April 11, 2012
Source: Forbes.com

“Entrepreneurs seem more quickly frustrated these days when their “million-dollar idea” doesn’t turn into a sustainable business overnight. They don’t realize that it takes many skills to build a business under the best of circumstances, and today’s world of instant gratification doesn’t leave room for the patience and practice to develop these skills.

Successful sports figures and musicians have long understood the value of time and practice in perfecting their skills. So why do entrepreneurs think that building a business is intuitively obvious, and should happen overnight? Building a business is a complex task, like building the product or service, and requires the same focus, discipline, and practice to get it right. Even the revered Steve Jobs of Apple didn’t get it all right the first time.”

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Eat Sleep Golf: The Practicing Mind

Published: Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Source:Eat Sleep Golf

“I love reading any and all books that are golf related… swing improvement, golfer biographies, mental focus books. This past week I read a book called The Practicing Mind by Thomas M. Sterner. A fairly short book at just under 150 pages, this is an easy and enjoyable read which will help rejuvenate your outlook on golf and life.

‘We all understand that an activity such as learning to play a musical instrument or developing a fundamentally sound golf swing are skills and as such require practice. But in fact, life is a journey that requires and even forces us to master one skill after another.’

Writes Sterner. ‘The ability to develop any skill as swiftly as possible, with the least amount of effort, and even to experience inner peace and joy in the process, is in fact a skill itself, and one that requires constant practice to become an effortless part of who we are.’

The Practicing Mind helps readers learn to love the process of mastering any skill or challenge through mindfulness. It helps us understand exactly what present moment awareness is, how the culture we live in constantly instructs us to the contrary, and how we can change our mindset to make this a part of our daily living.

‘When we learn to focus on and embrace the process of experiencing life, whether we’re working toward a personal aspiration or working through a difficult time, we begin to free ourselves from the stress and anxiety that are born out of our attachment to our goals. When we subtly shift toward both focusing on and finding joy in the process of ‘achieving’ instead of ‘having’ the goal, we have gained a new skill. And once mastered, it is magical and incredibly empowering.’

If you’re looking for a book that helps you to understand and cope with the mental toughness of golf and life in general, then The Practicing Mind would be a fantastic read.

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