The Sniper Mind: Eliminate Fear, Deal with Uncertainty, and Make Better Decisions

The Sniper Mind: Eliminate Fear, Deal with Uncertainty, and Make Better Decisions

On November 7, David Amerland’s new book, The Sniper Mind, will be available for general orders ( I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy and would like to share some thoughts with you about this excellent book.

First, let’s talk about the subject matter, which is snipers. I never thought I would be someone who’d read a book about snipers. And were it not for the fact that I trust David to regularly deliver excellent insights through his writings in Forbes, Google+, and many other places, I doubt I would have read a book like this. That would have been a shame. Why? Because snipers are really just a vehicle for talking about something much deeper.

Ultimately, this is a book about sharpening the mind in order to make better decisions. David uses snipers as the protagonists because these are people who regularly find themselves in extremely difficult decision-making situations. In this sense, this is a book about knowing oneself, wrapped in a business book, that is in turn wrapped in a book about snipers.

One of the core contentions of this book is that the sniper’s mind is not born, but made. David explores the neuroscience behind the transformation that a sniper goes through in training and over the course of long and extremely difficult hours in the field. The book is peppered with engaging stories about individuals making heroic efforts to save their comrades from horrible situations. The stories don’t glorify war and neither do they dismiss its horrors, but they do give you a much better understanding of these extraordinary people who train and train and train as elite snipers.

I am personally in the midst of deepening my meditation practice these days and have become increasingly focused on the balance of attention and awareness that goes into expanding mindfulness. So, it’s been extremely interesting to experience some of what David is describing in terms of the mind’s ability to sharpen its focus through training over time. As David quotes Jon Kabat-Zinn in the book: “Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally. It’s about knowing what is on your mind.”

I recommend reading this book. The sniper stories act as a kind of fuel that keeps you moving through it, so it ends up being a quick read. Over the course of reading this book, you start to put together a much better understanding of how it is that the human mind can be trained over time to accomplish amazing feats and perform on a whole new level.

I’m not guaranteeing that you too will emerge with a sniper mind (probably a good thing), or that you will necessarily come away making better decisions. But you will understand that it is possible and you will have a roadmap for helping you to get there. The training part is up to you.

If you are thinking about ordering this book, now is a very good time to do so as it’s still technically in pre-order. You will get it very soon and by priming the pump now, you send a nice signal to Amazon that this book will do well (which having read it, I’m confident that it will). David is a big part of the Google+ experience for many of us here, so let’s see what we can do to promote one of our own and help make his book a best-seller!

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