Becoming a mental gymnast

School will teach you that in life you’ll be tested but it never teaches you by whom. In life you’ll be tested by your colleagues, friends, your family and even your dog. You’ll be tested by everyone around you. Paints a negative picture of the world doesn’t it? But don’t worry it’s something you’re also guilty of.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to think that the world works by some magical blue print. There is no blue print, see the world for what it really is and not what you want it to be. People can’t go through their life without testing others around them. We humans aren’t the most noble creatures around but it’s important to understand why we do the things we do.

Bruce Lee once famously said that every punch an opponent throws is a target for me to destroy. Every time you were tested was actually an opportunity in disguise. It was a chance for you to grow. So don’t worry about tests or failing. In the theatre of life if you want to be one step ahead then you need to learn from your mistakes. Really become a mental gymnast.

To become proficient at banter and the one liner you need to watch the masters. Get everything on the people who inspire you. Learn their material. Memorise the material and practise saying it out loud. By saying it out loud it will help you in remembering it and you’ll see firsthand if you’re making any errors. The final step which is also the most important is to record yourself and listen. The purpose of this exercise isn’t to make you cringe when you hear your voice but to see if you’re being articulate. If you aren’t being clear you aren’t being understood.

It really is simple as that. Memorise material, practice out loud and learn from your mistakes.

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