SEEING CLEARLY: The bidding ends, the opening lead
is made and the Dummy's cards are tabled. Whether you
are Declarer or Defender, analyze and make a plan. After
a few tricks are played the critical point of the hand is
reached. You have to consider what has happened. Can
you do this without a positive or negative evaluation. Can
you neither add nor subtract any value judgment to the
preceding play? If you can, then you can see things as they
are: clearly and undistorted. You can evaluate the situation
with a quiet mind. This is the experts inner skill.
There is nothing intrinsic in the play that warrants a
value judgment. The experts knowledge of this keeps him
totally focused in the present. The beginner/judge on the
other hand is starting on a path of self destruction. For
judgment provokes a thought process of further evaluation,
over thinking the problem that leads to a tightening up and
a self-conscious performance. "I played this game terribly."
Or "I'm having a bad day." Or "I'm in a slump." And after a
few more bad plays: "I'm a lousy Bridge player." These self
judgments become self fulfilling prophecies and eventually
you become what you think you are.
To progress as a Bridge player you must see every
play clearly, dispassionately, objectively. Whether it is a
"great", "good" or "super" play; or a "bad", "awful" or
"terrible" play. Whether a "horrible mistake" or a "brilliant
coup." It is impossible to judge some situations as positive
without judging others as negative. You cannot stop just the
negatives. So to see your play and the Bridge situation as it
really is, end all attributes of goodness and badness. Remove personal judgment and use descriptive non judgmental
terms to describe your game.
Ending judgments does not mean that you should not
examine or observe your mistakes. Letting go of judgments
does not equal ignoring errors. But it means seeing your
play clearly, without judgmental labels that can lead to
emotional reactions. Then like the expert, your Bridge will
improve with time and nurturing.
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