I remember once up in Washington State, Leo-tai
and I were hiking along part of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Leo-tai loved the beauty of those mountains. There we
met a strange guy, possibly a young hermit, who bent
our ears with wild-eyed warnings of aliens and UFO’s all
around the local wilderness after dark 먹튀.
That night at camp, after joking and laughing about
the guy’s spooky alien stories, Leo-tai and I sensed the
presence of . . . someone. We both stood up at the same
moment and looked out into the dark. All around us at
the edge of the darkness were many pairs of unblinking,
yellowish eyes. I couldn’t figure out what sort of
creatures those eyes belonged to, but they were all
around us in the dark, reflected by the light of our dying
fire. I’m not going to lie: I felt a little nervous as I
counted seven separate pairs of eyes.
Leo-tai was very calm, but I immediately started
hurling rocks-hard. I figured if they were aliens, I was
going to knock at least one of them out by cracking his
skull with my rock-solid fastball.
Meanwhile, Leo-tai fanned the fire back to life.
“You better help me out here,” I urged him. “They’re
not going away!”
Leo-tai turned from the fire and started throwing
rocks with focused accuracy. Not bad for an old guy, I
thought. Still, we were so outnumbered it was scary, and
the silence of the creatures all around us was very
unnerving. Then, suddenly, we caught a glimpse of
whom we were facing.
A pack of huge, fearless, marauding raccoons! They
were wild, they were mean, and they were coming in-
clearly wanting some food. We fought hard as they
repeatedly charged us and tried to intimidate us into
running. They seem to have absolutely no fear of us at
all. I wondered if they had rabies.
After several minutes of charges and counter
attacks, Leo-tai somehow sensed who the leader of the
pack was. And paying no attention to several closer
raccoons, he caught him right between the eyes with a
rock travelling at the speed of sound. It was the most
accurate shot anyone could have asked for.
Bang! “Who wants some!?” Leo-tai exclaimed. The
leader rocked back, stunned, and then quickly took off
running, with his entire pack behind him.
“Great shot,” I said, breathing hard. “But what was
that all about? Since when do raccoons run around
behaving like that?”
Leo-tai smiled shaking his head. “A very fearless
group they were.”
Then he asked me a question, “Daniel-san, did you
ever think that we weren’t going to win?”
I thought back.
“Not really,” I said. “All I knew was that this was
darn serious, that it was time to fight, and that fighting
was exactly what I was going to do.”
My teacher smiled.
“Very good, Daniel-san. Self-belief. You must
always begin by believing that you have what it takes.
When the pressure is on, the more you believe in
yourself, the better your performance will be. Without
strong self-belief, the Warrior/Champion winds up
nowhere. You have to believe that you can win, then
that self-belief puts you in a position to win.”
“Are you talking about confidence?” I asked.
“Not completely. Confidence is a by-product of
strong self-belief. The more powerful his self-belief, the
more confidence the warrior is able to summons up
when the pressure is on. And the stronger his self-belief,
the better his performance will be.”
“So self-belief brings on a confidence that can
“Indeed. When you really believe that you can win,
Daniel-san, something extremely powerful is set into
So, in order to help build the strongest self-belief
system he can have, a Warrior/Champion learns to use
imagination to see himself in his mind’s eye
accomplishing his most desired success while in a deep
relaxed state of awareness. This is the key to improving
self-belief, the foundation of which lies deep inside the
What Leo-tai meant was that while our self-belief
system is formed over the years by experiences,
memories, and outside influences-anyone can still
refine and build up his own self-belief system by using
the tools of relaxation and imagination. The champion
sees and feels himself succeeding in his mind’s eye,
many times over, long before he actually arrives for the
competition. This is how he improves his self-belief
“Teach them, Daniel-san, that the
Warrior/Champion goes within.”
And with that Leo-tai disappeared behind the flaps
of his tent.
Hmmm, I thought. That’s kind of dramatic. What’s
he thinking? He must be very sure that I have no
questions to ask-and that the pack of raccoons aren’t
“Hey, does that mean you’re done for the night?” I
“Hasta manana,” said the voice from inside the tent.
“I am much older than you my friend-and I’m tired.”
I couldn’t help but asking him just one more
question. “Okay,” I said, “but what if the raccoons come
Without hesitation, came the reply, “Why-the
answer is quite clear, Daniel-san. If they attack again . . .
then they shall lose again.”
Remember: It’s self-belief that gets