Life is a Great School, and nature is the ultimate teacher, but without awareness you can’t hear the teacher. Awareness transforms life’s lessons into wisdom; it can translate confusing circumstances and events into useful knowledge. Awareness, then, is the beginning of all learning.
Learning is a response to a demand to grow do something you couldn’t do before. The process of reaming there fore naturally involves errors. Errors aren’t the problem; ignoring or misunderstanding them is. In order to correct an error, you must first be fully aware of it; then the error is inevitably going to be corrected.
The usual way of measuring how you are progressing in your sports activity is by observing the results. In other words, if you win the match, sink the putt, accomplish your goal, then every thing seems fine; but if the match is lost or the ball ends in the rough, you know something is wrong. Awareness can translate that “something” into specifics.
Most problems precisely defined
are already partially solved.—NARRY
If awareness were merely intellectual, then infants couldn’t learn. There is more to awareness than conceptual understanding. Awareness represents a kind of whole-body sensitivity arrived at through direct experience. Trying to learn a skill without total awareness is like trying to apply a stamp without adhesive it just won’t stick.
In life as well as in training, errors are always with us. We can say that learning a new skill is a process of refining errors to the point where they no longer hinder a desired goal. Errors exists even in our NASA space program, but they have been minimized to an almost invisible level of tolerance. Even the “perfect 10.00” routines of Olympic gymnasts contain errors, but they are small enough to be considered irrelevant. Smaller errors make the expert.
It’s desirable, of course, to be aware of strengths as well as weaknesses. Awareness of our strong points brings confidence, inspiration, motivation, and satisfaction. Only awareness of our weaknesses, however, allows us to strengthen our weak links and improve consistently.